Local Photographer Thatcher Kelley Showing Photos at John Knox Church


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Local Photographer Thatcher Kelley will be showing his photos at John Knox Presbyterian Church in Normandy Park during the months of March and April, with an Artist’s Reception set for Saturday, April 13.

Kelley, who was born at Highline Hospital and grew up in Normandy Park, specializes in landscape photography – here’s an awesome recent photo he took of Seattle that was popular on social media sites last summer (click image to see larger version):

The Emerald City

Kelley attended Sylvester Middle School and Mount Rainier High – where he first seriously started studying photography – then moved to Los Angeles for college, where he stayed for nine years.

“I missed this place so much,” he told The B-Town Blog. ”So I finally moved back in August. I go to John Knox Church in Normandy Park, and work part time in the film business on set as a Digital Imaging Technician/On-set colorist for Commercials and Movies mainly. And then I do landscape photography part time.”

Thatcher Kelley

Thatcher Kelley

This is his first art exhibit.

“One day I’d like to have my own gallery, selling prints,” he added. “I have licensed some of my photos commercially, including one photo to Disney for full spread ads currently running in magazines.” (see it here)

Kelley is also a climber.

“I’ve been climbing mountains for most of my life,” he said. “My heart yearns to be surrounded by mountains, lakes and wildflowers. Unique cloud formations never cease to amaze me, be it an approaching thunderstorm, or scattered puffy cumulus, or a wispy layer of crystallized cirrus. Clouds are the ever-changing paint strokes to the unchangeable mountains below. Watching a soft pre-dawn glow illuminate snow capped summits will never get old. I find joy in bringing these remote mountainscapes to people who are un-inclined to wake up early and hike in sub-freezing temperatures deep into the mountains.”

Here are some of his other photos (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

The sun's late evening glow bathes Mount Rainier's summit as the wildflowers of the lower mountain rest calmly by a creek.  The aptly named Paradise meadows on Mount Rainier's southern slope is filled each august with endless fields of wildflowers.

The sun’s late evening glow bathes Mount Rainier’s summit as the wildflowers of the lower mountain rest calmly by a creek. The aptly named Paradise meadows on Mount Rainier’s southern slope is filled each August with endless fields of wildflowers.

A typical Puget Sound Sunset: under-cloud glow, snowy mountains, and calm water.

A typical Puget Sound Sunset: under-cloud glow, snowy mountains, and calm water.

A pre-dawn display of color on a Seattle skyline that would soon turn gray.  Before the sun rises, its light is cast upon the underside of the clouds.

A pre-dawn display of color on a Seattle skyline that would soon turn gray. Before the sun rises, its light is cast upon the underside of the clouds.

Kelley adds:

Fresh perspectives are hard to come by. As we get older, we think we’ve seen and heard it all, especially in our immediate surroundings. Our world, even our neighborhood is far too vast for us to actually see or hear it all. There are always new ways to look at things, and it’s always exciting. New perspectives makes us think and feel differently. Fresh perspectives are what I seek out with my camera. I’m not interested in replicating photographs I have seen before. I want to find perspectives that make me and others think and feel differently.

For more information about Thatcher Kelley, visit his website: thatcherkelley.com

Show details:

This show is a collection of my best work. It is a collaboration of multiple themes. It displays side-by-side the beauty of nature and of man-made cities as well as the intersection between city and nature. It shows that God can use human-made functional creations such as buildings, roads and street lights to accent and add to his natural beauty. The show expresses the vastness of weather and natural light, and how these interact with different types of geography. It proves just how boring a clear blue sky really is. This show seeks to provide views of places rarely seen, and new perspectives of places already familiar.

Each of these pieces are for sale. Some prints are available in multiple sizes. Please contact Thatcher Kelley at (206) 486-0856 or thatcher@thatcherkelley.com for details on ordering.

50% of all profits from this show will be donated to John Knox’s youth work in Belize.

 

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