To explore the possibilities (and probabilities) of the medium through technical mastery synthesised with human instinct.
The medium is original photography, as distinct from digital illustration, which is about photography.
The platinum photograph is no less than the finest process the world has seen. From the time of Frederick Evans, Stieglitz and Penn, a hard act to follow. But none so rewarding. Platinum and palladium printing is unique and runs longitudinally in both directions, ceaselessly providing new expressive forms over the archive. This is exploration like no other; the print forever unique. The possibilities seemingly inexhaustible.
Bob Kersey is a filmaker and photographer and resides in the Fish River Valley, west of Sydney, Australia. The mountain he lives on is 1230 metres and snows regularly. It Is called Black Mountain: home of Black Mountain Photographic Workshops and Black Mountain Platinum Atelier.
Bob Kersey has been working in platinum since 1996. He studied with Australia's leading platinum exponent, Gordon Undy who was instructed by George Tice. At Black Mountain, Bob Kersey takes individual platinum classes. He is also Australia's only teacher of the Ziatype method since studying with Richard Sullivan in Santa Fe New Mexico in 2002.
In 2013, Bob Kersey researched and pioneered the Light Path method of producing enlarged negatives on film for platinum palladium printing. Through Black Mountain Platinum Atelier, a specialist platinum printing service is provided for artists.
Bob Kersey's first major exhibition, entitled Rome Revisited was at point light gallery in Sydney in 1997. Since then he has averaged two exhibitions a year.
He is represented by Meyer Gallery, Lost Bear Gallery Katoomba, Gold Street Studios & Gallery in Victoria and Spot 81 in Sydney.