We are currently crushing on Charlotte photographer Kyle Worthy’s beautiful abstract landscapes. Working in a non-art industry, Kyle finds solace in photographing the natural world, which he transforms from realism into expressions of abstract thought. With minimal formal training, Kyle finds inventive ways to land on the images he hopes for; camera manipulation during exposure, artist rendering in the digital darkroom, and application of a cold wax medium that give images velvet finishes, to name a few.
We were able to speak with Kyle while he was out on a business trip, and he graciously answered our questions. Enjoy learning more about him!
KW: friendly, introspective and loyal
HCLT: Who or what inspires you artistically?
KW: My influences include the work of artist like Marc Rothko, Franz Kline and Hiroshi Sugimoto. But I find inspiration in many things like music, movies or even a particular location will influence me to create
KW: We have one of the most under appreciated networks of museums in the country. They consistently provide visitors with unique and creative opportunities to experience the art in their collections. One of my favorite examples is the jazz concerts at the Bechtler Museum in Charlotte.
HCLT: When did you realize you were an artist?
KW: Since I can remember I have felt the need to express myself artistically with things like music, drawing and photography. I guess it was in the last five years or so that I realized what photography could be in terms of an artistic media. Since then, I have focused my creative energy there.
KW: My latest project, “A Way to Return,” is a series about an unexpected, inward journey home. Landscapes are often powerful conduits of memory, regardless of their geographical location. No matter where you are you can be delivered home by a bend in the road, a horizon crosshatched by power lines, or even a particular quality of light. These images were taken far from my home, but they never fail to take me back there. They function as records of memory and the nature of our relationships with the places we love from a distance.
HCLT: Where can we see your work?
KW: I just closed my first solo show Anyone’s Ghost at CPCC’s Ross Gallery this summer and it was a fantastic experience, you can see some of that work at Slate Interiors in Plaza Midwood along with a few select pieces from my current project. I will also be participating in the CPCC Friends & Family Art Market November 3rd – December 18th. You can keep up with my ongoing projects on my website – www.kyleworthy.com
KW: This is a much harder question than what’s your favorite restaurant. For me, the experience of a meal is not just about the food but it is also about the people you share it with. For that reason, I have to say my favorite meals are the nights my family meets up for take out – usually Brixx pizza
HCLT: What book is on your nightstand right now?
KW: Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
KW: A camera, an iPod, and some headphones. What is up next? I am very excited to continue to work on my current project, a way to return. I also look forward to developing my skills as a photographer, a story teller and an artist.
HCLT: What is up next?