Keegan Gibbs – artist responses

I am using Keegan Gibbs as one of my technical artists as he photographs in low lighting and people who move about quite quickly.

Keegan Gibbs is a photographer who prioritises the artists more than the graffiti itself, which means he makes the artist the centre of attention rather than the graffiti, it mass his viewers feel more present and more empathetic towards the street artist. He follows the best strew artists around Los Angeles and he even climbs onto buildings, billboards and rooftops. Keegan believes that his photography should tell a story and his graffiti photography, should also tell the story of the sprayer. Gibbs transfers the adrenaline that one gets by being a witness onto the viewer. Eventually Keegan Gibbs started to add essays and stories of the nights out with the artists to his images as he wanted to engage his audience more and share his experiences. Funnily enough Gibbs used to be very afraid of heights, but due to the adrenaline and fear that kicks in about being caught, he overcame his fear and turned it into a fun experience.

Gibbs isn’t a really well known photographer, however in my opinion I think he should be as his images share a powerful story and message to an audience such as young youths or young adults who are maybe going through a phase where they feel the need to rebel, as it gives them an insight to what it’s real like. Keegan Gibbs has a lot of camera skills and techniques as he shoots most of his images in low lighting at night, so most of the false lighting he gets from street lamps or his built in flash. Gibbs also has to work with artists who move about a lot especially when they have to run away from the authorities, meaning he has to be able to have the perfect techniques to be able to capture them at the right moment, either in crisp focus or blurred.

Here are some of his images:

I have completed some more image based solutions of my own that represents Keegan Gibbs work, this is similar to Alex Fakso’s work, however I have researched people doing graffiti in low lighting rather than them being caught. Here is what I found:







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