The Art of Temporal Kinetics

PhotographerRonald Beverly
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

These images help illustrate how conventional wisdom of image capture still becomes necessary to execute the art form of photography and its unique form of camera vision.


Some core (and popular) features of digital manipulation can be seen as reincarnations of traditional film capture and printing methods found in the works of Ansel Adams “zone system” (now known as “HDR”) and Jerry Uelsmann’s multiple printing techniques (now referred to as “layer masking”). So it seems the digital age of image capture has not fallen far from the tree as the camera continues to offer a unique vision of possibilities in the visual experience. Photographic pioneers such as Georges Demeny, Edweard Muybridge and Etienne-Jules Marey demonstrated this camera vision by exploiting the shutter to produce stunning imagery of motion as standalone or as a series of still “motion” pictures. This approach in manifesting time and motion photographically has been and continues to be indiscernible to the eye. The “Temporal Kinetic” series in part stems from the inspiration of the “Aurora Borealis” of the Northern hemisphere. The colors and movements are intentional to illustrate that phenomena. This series also reinvestigates the works of the aforementioned photographers with a goal in producing a modern day interpretation of motion studies of performing artist. Revising this technique with performing artist has allowed me to capture the aesthetic and rhythmic movements of their gestures. Its these kind of relationships between conventional wisdom and current imaging technology that continues to motivate me and the creative process as I position myself in the new digital paradigm.

About Photographer

for over 30 years. His educational studies has produced a BFA from Howard University and an MFA from George Washington University. He’s always had an appreciation for all the arts but has pursued a commitment to the craftsmanship and esthetics of photography. Inspired by the masters of large format photography, Ronald has developed a sensibility towards texture and detail by emphasizing tactile quality of the elements within his compositions. Embracing digital imagining has provided Mr. Beverly with new challenges and opportunities to further enhance his artistic vision while drawing influences from conventional wisdom in the genres of landscape, motion, portraiture and abstractions. Mr. Beverly pushes the limits of photography relying on its foundations, characteristics and principles that continues to give this medium a uniqueness all its own.