Portrait Photographer Janet Bark Captures The Work Of An Artist
Photographer Janet Bark: About the Shoot
”I have always been an art lover. It was that love that brought me to photography in the late 80’s. I loved documenting people and knew that I could do more with a camera than a paintbrush. I’m a perfectionist and very technical, so capturing Bk Kirwan in such a raw environment was such a fun and creative photoshoot for me.
I’ve known Bk for many years and am fascinated with his abstract style. I love his use of color, texture, and subtle hints of story throughout his images. I think many people believe abstract is just random art but for Bk that’s not the case. He uses inspiration from nature and life to tell his story. I get immersed in his work and always see something new. I wanted to capture him with his amazing art in a space that was just as raw and authentic as his work.
I loved the way his art popped in the space but also how it felt right at home.
Photography for me is a collaboration with my subject and working with another artist is one of my favorite things to do because they understand the creative process and typically give a little more during the session. My favorite images of Bk ended up being the more serious, pensive poses, but I love his smile, so chose to make that one a black and white to focus on his expression.”
Although there were some challenges getting this shoot to happen, we had an issue on the way there, and then realized when we arrived that his clothes for the shoot were left behind. Sometimes reality is better than the dream though. Authenticity is what I strive to accomplish in every shoot. Perfectionism only gets you so far. In the end, Nike is right. Just do it anyway, the struggle is always worth it.
More about Janet: Janet Bark has been photographing people for over 28 years. She specializes in portrait photography with an emphasis on high school seniors, families, and corporate headshots. She is an Award Winning Certified Professional Photographer through the Professional Photographers of America, and the current President of The Professional Photographers of San Diego County, and was awarded Senior Photographer of the Year for 2016, 2017 and 2018.
Artist Bk Kirwan: About The Art
My work focuses on texture and abstract color-field compositions. Most, based on traditional media and techniques, such as canvas, paper, timber board, painted with acrylic and mixed media. Discreet colors, surface structures and textures of the environment and nature inspire me, creating new abstract compositions or restructured textured paintings. One focus of my work is paintings in subdued color and texture. The works reflect my attitude in life and belief that 'less is more'. In times of overload of visual impressions, I try to send the viewer on a journey of discovery across the painting surface, enveloping them in the few structures, cracks, textures, and lack of color.
There are no mistakes as the paint is applied; rather, multiple layers develop strength and are built upon, time and time again. No single action can or should determine one’s relative success or failure, just as it should not determine the outcome of a particular piece of artwork. It is even advantageous to start over completely. On occasion, turning the canvas upside-down transforms the sky into a new foreground. Painting is especially suited for changing perspectives through erasing, covering, and layering. Such as stumbling over scars from previous gestures adds character to the final image.
I don’t take my time. When creating my paintings, the process mentioned plays a significant role. I start with very little preliminary work, sometimes a rough sketch but usually just an idea in my mind. After applying my first layer of paint, I react to my own work, layering and building the work one color at a time. Here, I often lose track of time and my surroundings, allowing both my body and mind to be completely absorbed in the act of painting and the endless possibilities. The forms I create are usually organic, inspired by nature’s beauty but not a reproduction.
I approach my work with the idea that everything combined is meant to work cohesively, as one. If not, then the process is not complete. I obtain hints of subtle detail throughout the piece by layering, building, and ultimately deconstructing areas. The colors found can be described as residual, as though parts have been ripped and chipped away leaving various tones and textures. I'm as interested in these details as a component to a broken narrative of the process. However, I don't limit my work to a set narrative and rather am interested in playing with the viewer’s expectations of time and process'. My paintings provide for the viewer a still moment in time, however alluding to a transitional state where gravity can take over.