Bio

I am a  Seattle area photographer of over 30 years professional experience in the visual arts.  My fine art work focuses on what the Japanese culture refers to as Wabi Sabi.  This is defined as the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete. It is a concept derived from the Buddhist teaching of the three marks of existence, specifically impermanence, suffering and emptiness or absence of self-nature.

Characteristics of the wabi-sabi aesthetic include asymmetry, asperity (roughness or irregularity), simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy, and appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processes.

The fine art work on this site was created with the design professional in mind, particularly designers of interior commercial spaces.  You'll notice that there are many series present.  I have significantly more work than can be displayed here.  If a single image grabs you and you have need for a series of themed images for your project, please drop me a note! All photos are available as gallery quality prints, custom printed to any size.  Prints are available on Archival Gallerie Rag paper or Canvas.  Every print delivered will be signed and numbered.  Prices start at $200 per print (paper, 8x8") -- unframed.  Trade discounting is available.

As a portrait photographer, I tap into decades of experience working with people, both as a still photographer and as a documentary filmmaker. I strive to bring out the inner personality of my subjects. I focus on studio work, but will occasionally work on location as well. My studio is conveniently located in Pioneer Square.

Please inquire for more information.

As for my background, I attended the University of California at Davis, and received a Bachelor's degree in Zoology with a minor in Art.  My career in photography began with commercial work including regional and national advertising campaigns, in Los Angeles in the mid-1980s. As a commercial photographer, my clients ranged from small business to international corporations, and my work has been featured in national publications and media.  My passion for camera imagery extends beyond the still, as I am also an accomplished cinematographer and award-winning documentary film director.  To see examples of my film exploits, please visit differentialfilms.com.

I am available on a limited basis for commercial or editorial assignment work.  For more information, or to just say hello, feel free to get in touch.   Thanks for visiting!

Steve Keller


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