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Art & Life with Kerry Kinkade

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kerry Kinkade.

Kerry, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
About two years ago I asked myself what I wanted to do with my photography; A painter paints, A writer writes. Although, I was “shooting,” I wanted to task myself technically each time out, follow the things I was most passionate about, etc. That, and a few other things have lead me back to another passion of mine which is the ocean. My focus, on this leg of the journey of this phase of life, has been on the Mojave desert, seascapes, and wave art. And on this journey have seen one of the most dynamic waves of California, met or seen the best wave-riders, be they pro or amateur, in the areas of skim-boarding, body-surfers, body-boarding, or surfing, met some exceptional people and many people very talented in the areas of still photography and film. It all began with a desire to “step my game up,” and apply that to what ultimately is providing the most bliss, or STOKE. The ocean does that for me. Although I am probably going to capture better images from the shore, my preference is to be in the water as often as possible.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I think the simple message is what we often here, “Follow Your Bliss.” I happen to be very close to the ocean. I grew up a wave-rider around the beaches of Southern California. At one point, work and life took me away to do other things. I woke up one day and realized how lucky I am to be so close to one of the most dynamic waves in California and so I have taken two of my life-long passions together to make the most “blissful” combination I can. The ocean is my zen and inspiration. I am just trying my best to capture her beauty and in perhaps a different perspective.

In your view, what is the biggest issue artists have to deal with?
I can speak specifically to the area of “surf photography,” but I suspect that the other art media have similar challenges. Technology has made things much more accessible and instantly available. There are people leaving the beach while connecting their camera via wi-fi and posting 20 images to their Instagram. Highlight moments of either the biggest (20 foot) wave of the day, or a guy dropping in on an 18 ft wave on an air-mattress (happened this summer) consume social media, so the newness or authenticity seems to dissipate quickly. I am also not suggesting that those moments are defined as being “art.” The market seems to also be very saturated. Top, professional photographers are really not selling their work even. So, I think real exposure of whom an individual is, what they do and better marketing is of utmost importance if one is looking to “sell” their work. For me, I still maintain my drive as my passion for the ocean. I am dedicated and focused on getting an amazing image, but when that does not happen, I stay stoked knowing I was able to be IN or be AT the Ocean.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
I am in the process of developing a gallery that will ultimately be accessible on a website(s). As of now, a very small part of what I do can be seen on my personal Instagram: @kerrykinkade

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Image Credit:
Rick Rosecrans @supercrans (IG) took the photo of myself (center) and the two Bob’s. Bob “a la carte” Okvist Sr to your left and “Bucket” Bob to your right. All other images are mine. SkimBoarder getting air is former world champion and film maker at 10th street Bros, Georgr Bryan and Surfer (black and white) is Laguna Be

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