A More Graphic Style!
Bronagh Kennedy’s art prints combine her love for architecture, photography and cities – inspired by her previous career as an urban designer.
Bronagh Kennedy is an artist and designer from Belfast, Northern Ireland and now living and working in London. She originally studied Landscape Architecture at Edinburgh College of Art before undertaking a Masters Degree In Urban Design at Oxford Brookes University.
This led to an 18-year career working for Architectural and Urban Design consultancies in the UK and overseas. In 2007 she left the corporate life to pursue her own art and design work.
“My current style evolved over a period of about 6 months through trial and error and lots of experimenting with printing techniques,” Bronagh says.
In summer 2011 it was the gift of a smart new camera that reignited her lifelong interest in photography. She took a few photography classes to get to grips with her first digital SLR and all the technical aspects involved in photography.
Camera as a medium for capturing source material
“I knew I probably didn’t have the patience to focus on ’straight’ photography (probably the wrong terminology) but knew I wanted to use the camera as a medium for capturing the source material for a more graphic style of image making,” she tells.
“This is when I then started to experiment with combining the graphic, digital design and printing techniques I had used in my career as an urban designer with my photography.”
With a background in Urban Design and Architecture, Bronagh loves cities in general, and travelling have been integral to her choice of subject matter.
“I find the urban environment a rich source of material and my current collection ‘Celebrating Cities’ depicting famous urban landmarks and skylines from the London in particular but also the other cities that I travel to,” she says.
“I also love photographing interesting textures, shapes, signage and built form relationships. I have hundreds of images still waiting to find their way into print!”
She aims to capture the ‘essence’ of a famous view or landmark. By choosing a black and white base image contrasting with the block colour she likes to make ‘the iconic even more iconic’ by exaggerating the composition, textures and shadows inviting the viewer to look at the subject in a different way.
Bronagh uses a Sony DSC Hx100 digital SLR 16mp, a bridge camera with x30 optical zoom, which she finds more convenient than carrying lots of lenses with her.
“It perfectly captures the high resolution base images I need to work from,” she says. “I then work on the images in various photo editing and desk top publishing packages but mainly Photoshop to create the final image.”