Fairfax photographer puts Marin’s beauty in the finest mild

Many photographers devote their life traveling far and vast in lookup of the best shot. Donald Kinney claims he has never ever necessary to leave Marin, his household for the past 55 several years.

Due to the fact retiring 18 a long time ago, he’s dedicated himself to showcasing the magnificence and uniqueness of Marin in his photographs from the sunrises over Loch Lomond, to the deer rollicking in his garden in Fairfax to the rolling West Marin hills to the locations he stumbles on these times even though using his e-bicycle.

Immediately after returning to his childhood like of images, Kinney, 73, has shown his nature- and landscape-centric performs at the Mill Valley Public Library, Oakland Museum of California, Secession Artwork & Structure in San Francisco and the Harvey Milk Picture Middle, wherever his 2nd show, “Photographer of Marin County: A Working day in the Everyday living of Donald Kinney,” can be observed pretty much by July 17 at harveymilkphotocenter.org/digital-gallery/photographer-of-marin-county.


Q When did your curiosity in photography start?

A For the duration of a backpacking excursion in the Sierra Nevada with my uncle. I received some gorgeous shots. I was only 12 a long time outdated. My aunt and uncle would always acquire me together on their tenting journeys and trips to the Grand Canyon. My uncle released me to pictures. He gave me my first digital camera and took me to all these beautiful sites and I fell in appreciate with it. From there, I started out finding folks like Eliot Porter and Ansel Adams. I even achieved Adams 2 times. But I acquired drafted in the Military and when I received back, I got a work and just did not have time for it.

Q How’d you fulfill Adams?

A When I was a teen, I noticed him doing the job in the Carmel spot. I was quite shy in those times. I could not solution him, but I remaining a information on his windshield. I get this card in the mail about a week later on that says, “Give me a mobile phone simply call, and we’ll set up a time for you to occur above.” I give him a contact and half an hour later on, I am sitting in his residing home. He looked at my pictures, which weren’t good, and informed me how I could boost just about every and each individual 1 of them. I invited myself again to his house a handful of months later soon after doing the job on what he told me. I had apparently improved very a little bit and he complimented me. The highlight of my life was meeting him. I grew up on the Monterey Peninsula, so we were being out there photographing the similar factors.

Q What drew you to landscape images?

A It’s the aloneness of it, the singularity of me and the landscape.

Q Notify me about your profession.

A My very first work was doing the job at a minor paint manufacturing facility, that’s where I got exposed to all these artistic people today and extraordinary projects, and ran into Stanley Mouse. Afterwards, I was with Resourceful Merchandisers in San Rafael for 15 many years. That was my aunt’s retailer. I was in the warehouse, operating with artists all working day long. I would search out the window, and one particular working day I mentioned, “Adams would be out photographing on a working day like this.” One of the girls explained, “Don, you really should. Why really don’t you just go?” I could not, but I’m blessed ample to get out there and at last do it.

Q What about this county captured your imaginative eye?

A All I have to do is go to China Camp, that is what I feel like is the essence of Marin County and that has these kinds of a tale guiding it with discrimination and immigration, moreover West Marin draws me in, far too. I imagine the Fairfax-Bolinas Road is most lovely highway I have at any time been on. Marin’s just the most wonderful put with its creeks and trails, and it is a fantastic spot to just take photographs, much too. I can not consider of anything else I would want to be carrying out.

Q What do you want men and women to get from your Marin photographs?

A I consider it is my duty to demonstrate them the magnificence of Marin County and what they aren’t looking at. I do not want folks trampling the magnificence of Marin, but they ought to be aware of it and know what we have here.

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