A graphic designer by profession, Meredith Kennedy gravitated toward fine art photography while living in Shanghai, China. She found that a “camera gives you an excuse to dig deeper and look closer at the place and time you live.” As she explains, “I’ve walked down streets I never would have seen and met people I would have walked by” because of the camera.
Kennedy now lives in Portland, Maine, but she continues to return to Asia and documents her trips through photography. It was one of her photographs of Dhaka, Bangladesh that won the Jim Tatiana Best in Show award in the Maine Photography Show at the Boothbay Region Art Foundation. As described by the show’s juror, Marc Muench, “The combination of motion and static grabbed my attention, then the colors moved my eyes through the scene, and then I spent an exorbitant amount of time studying all of the interesting little details scattered about. The processing is spot on, no fake colors needed, just the right amount of exposure, coupled with the perfect shutter speed.” Her technical skill and artistic eye transport the viewer into a foreign culture while conveying a shared sense of humanity.