Dennis Keeley

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I made this photograph in Mexico City in 2007. My students had left that morning for the highlands of Veracruz to work on a photo project about the role of women in indigenous societies. It was my first day alone in the city and I walked around without much of a plan. In the afternoon a random thunderstorm soaked everything including me. Many of my photographs seem to address a state of inertia contrasted by an opposing quality of activity. The tree and bus themselves would be separate opportunities to tell a story about the place, but the photograph I made speaks more clearly to something that happened in the moment that I was there.


About the Author

Dennis Keeley
DKeeley
Dennis Keeley has worked as an artist, photographer, teacher and writer for more than 30 years. His portraits of musicians appear on hundreds of album and cd covers. He has had projects commissioned by the California Afro-American Museum, The Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the J. Paul Getty Center Trust Conservation and Research Institutes. His photographs in the book “Looking for a City in America: Down These Mean Streets a Man Must Go” by Getty Publications, won numerous awards and in 1998 he was engaged to document the creation of the J. Paul Getty’s Central Garden by Robert Irwin. He is the current chair of the Photography and Imaging Program at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. denniskeeley.com