Kevin J Mellis first learned how to use a camera in 2011with a digital process. Before that, he only used simple disposable cameras, but never imagined that he would ever become a photographic artist. It wasn’t until much later in late 2012 when he realized that he needed to feel more emotionally connected to his artistic process. He then proactively transitioned over to an analog process and picked up a large format 4x5 view camera. While visiting Greenville, SC Dr. Sandy King, international carbon printer, graciously took him to this location after a week’s long carbon printing workshop. This photographic series was from that walk.
It was early in the morning and the sun was just coming through the trees. The birds singing all around. The southern humidity was just kicking in and he felt absolutely connected to everything around him. With a slight southern breeze in the air he slowly and methodically walked about the site with his new large format 4x5 view camera. This was his very first photo series that he created with black and white film. He then exhibited this series during his final year of my Masters in Fine Art program in 2014.