Kriss Perras CV

Artist Statement: I experiment with existing light concentrating not on a certain subject but a particular type of light.

  • 1340 Art Gallery – Group Exhibition (Work Exhibited Topanga Dream XIV)
  • Linus Galleries – Group Exhibition Where Is My Mind? (Work Exhibited: Ocean Expression IX, Reductive IV, Street Dance II)
  • Two Award Winning Photographs: Queen of Hearts and Live Free (seen here in the color section).
  • CMTV Channel 14 Spokane, Washington Photography Feature Spot. 
  • Photography Book –  Sandpoint Review: A Photographic Journey

Some Nice Words About My Work

I have taken some time to study your series, Light Experimentation, looking for visual clues that point to what you are trying to accomplish with your photography practice. You include a brief statement about your photography, saying that, “I experiment with existing light at effets de soir and effets de matin, concentrating not necessarily on a certain subject but a certain form of light.” Water is such an interesting subject matter to use as a canvas for studying light. In addition to being reflective surfaces for the sun, the contours of the waves become abstract representations for human emotions. In this regard, your images are such fascinating visual observations!


Your photos also show the viewer that you are aware of this intimate relationship between water and the humans that inhabit its surroundings. And I see that you are fascinated by the way the position of the camera can create new, almost abstract forms, especially when the frame isolates the subject matter from its surroundings. The fluid, organic surfaces, cool colors, and the textures in the frame define new visual structures in space.

I think your visual your observations are very fascinating. From a practical perspective, you look out over the water, study the shapes of the waves, move in and out of light and shadow while looking for what catches your eye. I think this is a good description of what a lot of photographers do. Out of the infinite photographic possibilities that arise around you, these meaningful scenes are most likely to catch YOUR eye – the same scenes that go mostly unnoticed by others. Your thoughtful attention to the water and the way it relates to the light and the viewer of the photos creates images that influence the way other people see these natural, environmental subjects.

On the surface these images have a type of simplicity complexity that concentrates on surface patterns and cool colors, but I also find them to be conceptually complex! These photos create a sense of mood, atmosphere, and drama. The designs lead the eye up, down, and throughout the frame in a way that makes the viewer feel as though they may have walked by these scenes and not noticed them. To me, the photos are interesting because they blur the line between art photography and painting. The images look like paint, flowing across a canvas. I find that your statement perfectly aligns with the images, yet you could say even more! It would be great to hear more of your thoughts, your inspirations.

Your visual observations on the relationship between water and light are clearly important characters in your stories. I think you are also asking that the viewer be sensitive enough to look deeply at your images, to see the details and the metaphors you have included in the frame and to consider how the natural structures relate to the size and cool tones of the fluid forms. Your compositions are abstract in that they look like lines and textures moving through the frame. They focus on shapes with little indications of scale and orientation. The idea of scale does not exist. The bodies of water could be large to the viewer, but without a human form, there is no way to tell. The viewer tries to find their bearings bringing their own experiences of water to the photos.

One of the things that is most interesting about your portfolio is the way that design and composition become primary subjects within the frame. For example, all your photos are very visually dynamic and could be seen purely as abstract designs. Also, the subject matter could be described as organic shapes, lines and textures, light and shadow.

I definitely see that you captured patterns, textures, and shapes that point to isolated “places” that may be impossible to locate. This is because the water is always changing, always transforming. In all the photos there is a kind of ambience that is a kaleidoscope of lights and darks, blues, mysterious, and full of drama. The images also function in a way that communicates your experience to the viewer. Anyone that is willing to set aside their compulsion to have to identify exactly what they are looking at will relate to the feelings your images communicate.

The photos in this series talk about the way we are so closely related to water and how important it is to us as humans. We are physically interdependent as living beings on this earth. In addition, these are beautiful photographic subjects! Each scene, like each person, has its own personality, physical characteristics, and emotional expressiveness.

      -Professional Photographer