Wings by Paul Kessel


inkjet 13x 19
edition of 10 prints
about the artist:

I was born in New York City and have lived there most of my life. I had a career in clinical psychology, psychoanalysis and university teaching.

In 2008, I began to take photography classes at The International Center of Photography. In addition, I have studied at The Maine Media Workshops as well as privately with a number of photographers.

My primary interest is street photography. I was a competitive amateur golfer for most of my life and I treat street photography as a sport. Usually a warm up period is required and once some momentum is established, occasionally, there is a very good shot among many forgettable ones. On rare days, I might fall into that elusive state of “being in the zone.”

Initially, I made portraits on the street by approaching strangers and asking permission to take their picture. However, my style has gradually evolved into attempting more candid street scenes where I strive toward creating pictures that show interaction, movement, and layers, often revolving around one or more people. All too often, I settle for a candid portrait but the goal keeps me going.