Nov 1, 2011
In 2007 I boarded a plane in New York  City heading towards Lama, NM. Landing in Albquerque by way of Houston, I  found Jessica’s old gold Volvo sedan in the airport parking lot. I was  told the keys would be hidden on the front left tire where she had left  it several days before. I found the car and the keys and drove the 3  hours north up into Lama where I spent the next two weeks living in the  shrine-like home of 60’s painter Bill Girsh. That was where The Odysseus  began. Up until that point the last 10 years of my travel had been  centered around the artists I traveled with, the cities we found  ourselves wandering in late at night. After all those years of wandering  back and forth across America, I found myself alone up in the high  desert; I’ve heard that living up close to the mountains of New Mexico  has a humbling affect on the artists, that for years artists have found  themselves dwarfed by the peaks and humbled in its shadow.The  Odysseus is a series of American landscapes taken during the years of  2007-2010. I found myself circling cities like satellites; following the  roads that lead deeper into the vanishing wilderness. It comes at a  time when the wildness of America is shrinking, in every form. I found  myself fascinated with the idea that America used to be a wild  landscape, completely untamed. I had been off and on the road for 10  years but now I found myself driving different roads, looking for points  to stand on over-looking the valleys, from Atlantic to Pacific, looking  for points of isolation.The Odysseus has been exhibited in  Chicago, Portland, Maine & Oregon, New York City, Great Barrington  & San Francisco. These 10 prints, “Excerpts from The Odysseus” are  the ones that never made it in the exhibitions but are still part of the  story.Mikael Kennedy is a New York City based photographer. He  is the author of the internationally acclaimed Polaroid travel blog:  Passport to Trespass and his Polaroid work is represented by the Peter  Hay Halpert Fine Art Gallery, NY. Kennedy’s Polaroids were the subject  of a solo show at the historic Chelsea Hotel in New York City and were  shown at the International Polaroid Symposium in Cardiff, Wales where he  was invited as a guest lecturer. Kennedy’s photographs have  appeared in Nylon, Dazed & Confused, Blown (UK), Vision Magazine  (Beijing), American Short Fiction, & Maine Magazine. He won ‘Cover  of the Year’ in Munich last year at the 2011 BCP Awards for the issue EB  Magazine featuring a photograph from his series ‘The Odysseus’.  Kennedy’s photographs are part of the permanent collection at the Museum  of Fine Arts in Houston, TX as well as in private collections  internationally.

    In 2007 I boarded a plane in New York City heading towards Lama, NM. Landing in Albquerque by way of Houston, I found Jessica’s old gold Volvo sedan in the airport parking lot. I was told the keys would be hidden on the front left tire where she had left it several days before. I found the car and the keys and drove the 3 hours north up into Lama where I spent the next two weeks living in the shrine-like home of 60’s painter Bill Girsh. That was where The Odysseus began. Up until that point the last 10 years of my travel had been centered around the artists I traveled with, the cities we found ourselves wandering in late at night. After all those years of wandering back and forth across America, I found myself alone up in the high desert; I’ve heard that living up close to the mountains of New Mexico has a humbling affect on the artists, that for years artists have found themselves dwarfed by the peaks and humbled in its shadow.

    The Odysseus is a series of American landscapes taken during the years of 2007-2010. I found myself circling cities like satellites; following the roads that lead deeper into the vanishing wilderness. It comes at a time when the wildness of America is shrinking, in every form. I found myself fascinated with the idea that America used to be a wild landscape, completely untamed. I had been off and on the road for 10 years but now I found myself driving different roads, looking for points to stand on over-looking the valleys, from Atlantic to Pacific, looking for points of isolation.

    The Odysseus has been exhibited in Chicago, Portland, Maine & Oregon, New York City, Great Barrington & San Francisco. These 10 prints, “Excerpts from The Odysseus” are the ones that never made it in the exhibitions but are still part of the story.

    Mikael Kennedy is a New York City based photographer. He is the author of the internationally acclaimed Polaroid travel blog: Passport to Trespass and his Polaroid work is represented by the Peter Hay Halpert Fine Art Gallery, NY. Kennedy’s Polaroids were the subject of a solo show at the historic Chelsea Hotel in New York City and were shown at the International Polaroid Symposium in Cardiff, Wales where he was invited as a guest lecturer.

    Kennedy’s photographs have appeared in Nylon, Dazed & Confused, Blown (UK), Vision Magazine (Beijing), American Short Fiction, & Maine Magazine. He won ‘Cover of the Year’ in Munich last year at the 2011 BCP Awards for the issue EB Magazine featuring a photograph from his series ‘The Odysseus’. Kennedy’s photographs are part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, TX as well as in private collections internationally.

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