Brady Kesner

Yours truly posing for a quick snapshot while photographing the Maine coast. Extensive wrinkles around the eyes have been removed in Photoshop.

My Favorite Photography Highlights

Photographs in a Hospital
Our home town hospital recently moved into a new state-of-the-art facility. Through an answered prayer, 130 of my Landscape, Waterscape and Floral images have been hung as metal prints in the offices, hallways and patient rooms. Knowing these images are providing comfort to folks, as Nature scenes do, this is one of the best things I’ve ever done with a camera.

Art Fairs
My wife and I exhibit my images at two or three professional art fairs every year. They’re fun. The best part? Extended conversations with new friends who love Nature and the Simple Life… the same people to whom my images speak the loudest.

Photography Presentations
Most people don’t know I do this unfortunately, but I really enjoy giving photography presentations to groups – and frankly, I wish I would get asked more often. Shy as a kid, and a connoisseur of peace and quiet, sometimes I wonder who it is that is speaking. I believe I can offer a lot of information and education about the craft of photography. Nobody has boo-ed or heckled me yet, anyway! If I can address your group, contact me.

Happy Folks Here
These folks were kind enough to share an encouraging word about my photography…

The Atypical Artist’s Statement

Artist statements tend to be stuffy, incoherent and self-centered. If you really want to know about me, read the bulleted list below.

  • My wife and my girls mean everything to me. I am most grateful for their patience while I’m busy taking photographs. Our vacations and weekend outings are an adventure, and a true test of their patience, to say the least.
  • I am competitive to a fault.
  • As far as I’m concerned, there is only one flavor of ice cream and that’s chocolate. Don’t let anyone else convince you differently.
  • I get really excited by sunrises and sunsets.
  • I own a Barry Manilow CD and I’d really appreciate it if you kept that to yourself.
  • Photography is not my way of ‘expressing myself’ like many artists might say about their art. On the contrary, it’s not about me at all. Instead, I want to engage the viewer and ask, “Look at the beautiful creation that is Nature in this image; certainly you can find peace and joy in it. Do you agree it is important to be good stewards of the Earth to protect and conserve it?”
  • Or, “Look at these images depicting a Simple Lifestyle. Isn’t it a great idea to appreciate and respect the value of those in the past who chose to live a simple and productive life? Maybe a simple life is good for us, too?”
  • My photos are an appeal… an appeal to slow down, get outside, and discover some of the simplest of pleasures in life.
  • If I had it to do over, I would have chosen to work in the field of Nature Conservancy. And maybe someday I will.
  • Like a lot of folks, I crave a simple life… one that’s busy enough to be fulfilling, but not too busy to be stressful.
  • There is beauty in simplicity.
  • I play a mean game of Ping Pong.
  • Pet peeves: arrogance, cigarette smoke, litter bugs, and really loud motorcycles.
  • My wife says I’m a 75 year old man in a young man’s body. Maybe I am. I greatly admire our older generations and find myself agreeing with them all the time. And how I love wearing black socks with shorts!
  • I believe in saying “Sir” and “Ma’am”.
  • To make a good photograph, you have to know a handful of compositional rules and then have the vision and knowledge to break them.
  • Coffee; I love coffee. Think of all the great things you can do after you have a cup of coffee! Black, no cream, please.
  • Most people don’t know this, but I have played guitar in a rock band for a long time, over 400 shows, and still playing. Many a late night, and boy, do I have some stories.
  • I make a lot of Simple Life images because I am very attracted to that lifestyle. I believe we as as a society desperately need to re-discover a simpler way of living that’s less dependent on money and possessions.
  • Shiny things give me a headache. And so do fluorescent colors.
  • One of my favorite places as a kid was my Grandma’s Kitchen in Boyd, Wisconsin.
  • Something I wish I was much better at, but am not: Gardening.
  • I really want to live in the country someday.
  • I believe this to be true: God exists… and Heaven, well, it’s made up of every joyous experience with Nature you’ve ever had. And Jesus is waiting for you and me.
  • If I spend an afternoon outside, looking for a good Nature image, and I come away empty-handed, it’s still a pretty darn good way to spend some time. As famed conservationist and naturalist John Muir said, “In every walk with Nature, one receives far more than he seeks.”

Artist Statement – For the Press

Brady Kesner, of Highland, Illinois, is a self-taught photographer specializing in Nature and Rural Photography. His Nature photographs reflect a belief in the power of Nature to sooth and heal our souls while his rural imagery celebrates the joy of living a simple life.

“Call me an artist if you must,” says Kesner, “but my photographs are not about me. Sure, they are my interpretation of the subject at hand, but I think their value lies in how they make the viewer feel.”

“It’s my desire to encourage people to love and respect Nature and our planet through my images. I believe comfort, healing and nourishment can be found in Nature if we would only take the time to experience it as we should. Beauty, color, joy… Nature provides it all. If you can’t get outside, maybe one of my photographs can bridge the connection for you,” he says.

“Likewise, we live crazy lives with pressures, schedules, and stresses that we create ourselves. We no longer understand the value of a simple, slower pace of life. But those folks who lived years ago did. Everything about their way of life should not be forgotten and should be considered as solutions to some of our problems today. That’s why I celebrate rural images in my photography.”

Kesner’s photographs are infused on metal for optimum brilliance and clarity and are for sale at art fairs near his home and through this website. They are also on permanent display in a number of hospitals, medical facilities, company collections and too many homes to count.

Kesner’s portfolio, photo journal and lots of other cool stuff can be found at www.bradykesner.com.