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Photographer RJ Kern: The Unchosen Ones

The Watermark Art Center in Bemidji has a new exhibit opening today, a photography exhibit celebrating the kids and their animals who came in last at their county fair competitions back in 2016.  RJ Kern's The Unchosen Ones is an unusual photographic social experiment that has resulted in a series of  large-scale images (43" x 53") that are personal, majestic, and humble.  His master-manipulation of light in a non-studio atmosphere creates  a photographic style reminiscent of European landscape paintings.  

RJ asked the kids to "show me what next year's grand champion would look like" and the results are beautifully powerful.  Listen to RJ discuss the inspiration behind his exhibit and the process of creating it here: 

Visit Watermarkartcenter.org for a virtual gallery of experience of The Unchosen Ones.  You can also virtually enjoy  Blair Treuers textile exhibit, Portraits, Natalie Himmerska's exhibit of prints and paintings, Other Dimensions, the annual High School Invitational, Paula Swenson's painting exhibit, Finding America, and Thomas Stillday's master beadworking exhibit called Wezhichigewaas, the ojibwe word means "makers" in English.