time of the thieves introduce you to Andrew Kenney
ttt. Tell us about yourself.
A.K. Andrew, 26, photographer.
ttt. Where were you born and where do you live?
A.K. I was born in Maryland. I live in Brooklyn.
This was taken one afternoon in San Francisco. I was exploring a new neighborhood and stumbled upon the view of the fog rolling in and burning up.
ttt. When did you start working with photography and why?
A.K. I have always had a camera. Processed b+w film at summer camp in 8th grade, built a darkroom in high school. It’s just what I have always done. I try other stuff now and again but I always come back to photography.
ttt. What are your favorites artists or which artists have influenced your work and why?
A.K. Edward Hopper for his use of light and Robert Irwin for his drive and understanding of perception.
ttt. What are the elements that inspire you in your work?
A.K. I don’t think inspiration flows like that for me. I love looking at work and watching movies but I try to keep a mental distinction between what other people are doing and what I’m doing.
The Homer City power plant has the tallest chimney in the United States. I saw it while on a road trip in Pennsylvania. It’s taller than the surrounding mountains.
ttt. Tell us about your creative process.
A.K. Recently it’s been all about trips away from New York. It’s never been like, I need to take photos so I’m going to take this trip. I decide I want to go somewhere or experience something and bring my camera along. I get restless and need to move around and I end up seeing things I want to share with other people.
Some of my friends live in a ghost steel mill town called Braddock. This is the view from their house.
ttt. Did you have an experience that you considerate relevant in your formation as a photographer?
A.K. I watched Pi when I was in high school and it was pretty mind blowing at the time. It didn’t directly affect the stuff I was doing then but it definitely made me curious about How It All Works (cities, the universe, etc).
ttt. In which place would you like to be exposed and which project would you like to show there?
A.K. In June I leave on a three month road trip and will be sending postcards from each state as I pass through! I would like to send as many postcards to as many people as I can. So to answer the question — I would love to show work in people’s mailboxes and homes and I would like to show the newest photographs I take, as I take them! (If anyone is interested in the postcard project, check it out here.
Along with that project, there is a website for the trip where I will be posting images I take as I go, on a map. Each set of images will have an X on a map where they were taken — and you can click the X for a satellite view of the location as well as the gallery of images. I am very excited about it! The website is: http://goingnowhe.re and it goes live on June 1st, with updates from the road through September 1st.
On the road in Indiana somewhere. Road Kitten. Named after Road House.
ttt. Recommend us something that you consider interesting.
A.K. Seeing Is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees, by Robert Irwin. Awesome book for any artist to read.
ttt. What is your favorite place?
A.K. If it has a view and is isolated and/or hard to get to or difficult to find, then it’s probably a pretty good place.
ttt. Can you tell us in what circumstances you made this image?
A.K. In the summer of 2011 I was wandering around with my friend Justine. There was a condo under construction and we went in. We found half built apartments and made our way to the roof. The photograph was taken in the lobby.
ttt. If you could associate this image with something what would it be?
A.K. I don’t associate it with anything like that. It’s an image of a moment in time. Nothing more.
ttt. What do you feel when you look at this picture?
A.K. The worst and the best feeling — nostalgia for summertime.