Ken Kitano’s evocative and beautiful color photographs depict the distant hills and night skies above West Coast mountain landscapes. Using long exposures, often up to a full day, Kitano records what is imperceptible to the eye, such as the movement of the stars or the moon across the sky. Two series, Day Light and Watching the Moon, track the motion of the moon and the sun across the landscape. Because of the long exposure, the colors in the photographs are often surreal, as light streaks behind a stationary object — tree, mountain, or ocean. What is fascinating in these images is the relationship between the moving and the still and what changes from a fixed vantage point over time.
From the March 2015 issue of ArtScene