Piece description from the artist
This photograph was part of a series on Herman Melville in the Berkshires. Although it was taken on the top of Monument Mountain (where Melville met Nathaniel Hawthorne) it makes me think of Moby Dick rising out of the sea. The upward angle gives the photograph an optimistic feel, and the hard stone against the soft sky adds complexity to an apparently simple scene.
Kay’s family moved to an Illinois farm from New York City when she was a young girl. She was greatly influenced by living so close to nature on the farm, and consequently has been exploring themes of the natural world via fine art photography for over thirty years. Her photographs have been exhibited in national and regional juried shows and are included in numerous corporate, museum and private collections.
Kay went to Boston and received a B.A. from Northeastern University and a Professional Diploma from the New England School of Photography. One of the original founders of the Brickbottom Artists Building in Somerville, MA, she loved living and working in the Boston area. Then she developed a strong need for trees and moved to the Berkshires in western Massachusetts. In the fall of 2003, Kay opened her studio in an old brick schoolhouse in Adams, Massachusetts. While in the Berkshires, she has worked on her night landscape series, using light-painting techniques to illuminate night landscapes. Most recently she has been shooting underwater “waterscapes” in rivers and ponds. All along Kay has been taking in as much of the natural world as she can.