Photographer in a boat, Rodman Slough, Lake County, California

Photograph by Niniane Kelley







North of San Francisco

  I find most pages of this type hilarious. You know, where the glowing entry is written in the third-person, even though anyone with an I.Q. in double digits knows that whomever it’s describing wrote it about themselves. I won't do that to you.
   I make pictures and I write, everything else is just preparation or waiting.
   But, more importantly, if the work isn't any good, no matter what's on this page, the work still won't be any good.
     However, just for some obligatory background, I did my best to prepare academically: San Jose State gave me a B.F.A. in photography and Arizona State gave me an M.F.A in same field of study.
   Also, in the spirit of full disclosure, I seem to recall, much earlier in life, being awarded a B.S. in Biochemistry — a recollection accompanied by memories of studies in philosophy and mathematical theory. But only the B.F.A. and M.F.A. are academically relevant to this page. Everything else was and remains, as I insisted, either preparation or waiting.
    I've had some shows, a couple things published, and a few articles written about my work, but I'm generally uninterested in careerism. Therefore, I have no long lists of such accomplishments to include here (sighs of relief).
    Most of my time is spent in Lakeport, next to the water or in the darkroom. I've been in and about this area since 1974, when my parents moved from the Bay Area to Nice (which occurred because I’d gone off to college, thereby facilitating their escape). However, it's only been since 2010 that I've lived here full-time. I still have an address in San Francisco, as well (from another time, Saloonatics), but I'm there so infrequently now my apartment is more like an occasional retreat.
    I consider my work principally documentary, with Hemingway's, "Write what you know," edict in mind. And that's what I do, whatever the form of record: I stick with what I know most thoroughly. In that respect, my work is, technically, autobiographical. However, that doesn't mean, necessarily, the work is about me.
   I have an inexhaustible supply of subjects. They are those places, things, events, and people with which I'm surrounded. The only thing that will bring an end to that supply will also bring an end to me.

  Regarding the photographs, the images presented here range in printed size from 2 1/4 x 3 1/4 to 11x14 inch contact prints, with a variety of enlargements, typically, approximately 5x7 inches, in between.
  The negatives have been produced in a number of formats, specifically: 35mm, the rest in inches — 2 1/4 x 2 3/4; 2 1/4 x 3 1/4, 4x5, 5x7, 8x10, and 11x14. The scans, within reason, have been made in order to maintain the original print proportions.

Photographer, Broke Dozer Ridge, Scott's Valley, Lake County; July 2014

by Niniane Kelley










Rodman Slough, Lake County; March 2015