by Jennifer Anderson
The art of the dragster was Kevin’s first foray into creative work. As a child he would build the models so they matched the picture on the box exactly, eventually working up to a submarine he built in his back yard. He began to draw the images he saw in magazines, copying every detail perfectly and, in time, realizing he had natural artistic talent. Working his way into industrial arts via shop class, he won several awards and competitions, but it wasn’t until after he left school and began working for a photographer that his love of photography began to take hold.
When working on portraits, he sees each person he photographs as a movie star, concentrating his intense focus on the eyes of the subject as well as the composition. He waits for the perfect unguarded moment to capture the soul he knows is there. Shooting with all natural light he prefers an open feel to the atmosphere in which he shoots. This leads him to be more experimental and free to use the environment, wind for movement and nature as backdrop. In all of his photographs there is an intuitive connection, an ability to reach the core essence of whatever he photographs and share it with the viewer.
The work of Kevin Schlatt will be featured in a group photography show that opens on November 20 at 7 p.m. as part of UnBound Arts Presents: Third Thursdays at Riverwood Mansion. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.