Hello, my name is Alistair Keddie and I'm an artist and photographer from Scotland who’s now living and working in New Zealand.
My work draws on a background in painting to explore ideas around our being in landscape. I’m interested in the stories and maps we've stamped onto our environment as well asking into the nature of our being itself. Both metaphoric and metaphysical elements play within the context of energetic and vibrant stillness that seems to pervade the land.
In painting, these themes are explored through abstraction while my photography takes more varied approaches.
Long exposure photography features strongly with the camera's unique ability to compresses time into a single frame. The results can lend a surprising shift of perspective to familiar scenes. In landscape, this sometimes produces images with a deeply resonant and transcendent intensity.
Recent work in street photography using long exposure has created a growing series of ambiguously abstract light paintings that suggestively transform place.
In other work, I'm exploring multiple exposure, montage, video and mashup to develop and push new narratives and meaning around the urban landscape.
Revisiting earlier bodies of work, I'm also working to develop a new series of dark landscapes that touch on ideas around memory and migration.