Algis Kemezys

Algis Kemezys
Location
Ste Adele, Qu├ębec, Canada
Birthday
June 28
Title
Co-Director
Company
BAK
Bio
Internationally exhibited Photographer/Documentary filmmaker, Sculptor, Dowser, Scrabble enthusiast, Geomancer, Iatromant, gourmet chef

Editor’s Pick
MARCH 19, 2010 8:33AM

"Altered States" Environmental Photographic Art

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                                view to a kill

                                  What breath of fresh air

 

 

lonestar 

              Molecular Mutations 

 

                                                                                                          xmas

                                                   This is Not a Christmas Card

 

                                  churcc

                                     Chernoble Blues  

 

 

                                                     floweringD

                                                         Flowering Destruction: Won the Gold Award at the International Art Competition: Earth's Everybody's Home. Vilnius Lithuania 1998.

 

 

 

                melting reality 

                  Someone is melting the earth

 

 

barnyard 

 This body of work is made from Kodacrome slides that were burnt after painting them with toxic household ingredients like EasyOff, Rubber Glue, Fingernail Polish, Magic Markers, Bleach, Shoe Polish  and more.

 In some cases the image was burnt off the slide, and then after freezing, the image was burnt back onto the slide.

This project started as a result of a catastrophic fire that burnt down my family home in Maine. Going through the rubble I found some nearly destroyed slides that had somehow, through the fire and a year of the elements still contained haunting images (like the one of the barn just above). 

These photographs were made between 1975 to 1988 . Then I started altering them with chemicals and fire from 1984 to 1990.  The message in this work is Be Here Now.

 

 

 
 
 
 

 sky     The sky is falling 

 

 

                                   w 

 

 

hailMary 

 

 

 

                                                      drill

MELTDOWN was the original name to this portfolio. It was images of the everyday  interrupted by something unpredictable and disturbing. Just when you least expect it... every thing starts to meltdown. The technique was simply burning a specific part of the Slide with fire.

 

ef

 

 

                             HailMaary

 

 

                                                      fire 

 

 

                   houseOFradon

                      House of Radon Gas

 

 

                             streeztWildman 

Scorched Memories 

 

 

 

                                                      maple

                                                           Maple Tree Infections 

 

palm

Toxic Beaches with Stuff 

 

 

                                                      TR

                                                            Tour Effiel

 

                          satan

Salem's Lot

 

 

        burnttree

           Sulfur Dioxide clouds and crumbling ozone layer

             around scorched trees.

 

 

 

                       fez

 

 

 

                                pei

The sky is falling  

 

                                    sunset

 

 

 

lastdancex 

 Last Dance

 

 

                                       hand 

 

 

 

 cowss

 

 

 

         tochurch

 

 

 

                                                    tour

 

 

                                                        treee

 

 

  leaning 

 

 

                                                   redtree 

 

 

 

                            warfare

 

 

 

  running on empty

 

 

 

journalisticDilemma2 

 

 

 

                                    cntower

                                                 Red skies at night 

 

 

 

Moscowredsquare 

 Red Square Moscow

 

 

                      bigben 

                       Big Ben's Time 

 

 

                                                     blowingthehorn

                                                       Blowing the Horn on the Environment.

 

 

woods 

 

 

 

                                                      david

                                                        David's Last Stand 

 

 

                           seabreeze

 

 

 

        mt 

 

 

 

north

 North Pole 2012

 

 

                                                     toweringInfernos

                                                                      Towering Infernos 

 

FireBall 

                                                                              Running Girl with Beach Ball 

This image here is an example of my Double Burn technique. I paint the Kodacrome slide with various toxic substances , then burn the entire image off on the emulsion side of the slide, without burning through or shrinking / warping the slide. Almost no image remains and the slide is now almost clear and transparent. Then the slide is frozen. Later I reapply fire to the emulsion side of the slide until the image magically reappears on the Kodacrome. The process is done by hand, and is oh so tricky not to over do any step of it, which might cause the slide to POP with a hole or melt and shrink in on itself. Thus in my case the  Phoenix rises again from the fire to make this haunting environmental image .

 

 

 

church

 

 

 


purpleRain 

                                                                             This doesn't look like Kansas

 

 

                                                      cows                                                        It was something in the Beef.

 

 

 

trees 

 

 

 

GrandMother 

 

 

Stop 

 

NYC 

 

 

 

Ocean S 

Staff Infected Beach

 

 

                                                   chemical warfare

                                                     Chemical Warfare 

 

 

TwoInfernos

 

 

 

                              indian

                                  Hopi Prophesy 

 

 

                                                     whale 

                              Who killed the Whales ?

 

                            Civilizations 

 

 

walkNOrun 

 Run, don't walk

 

                                                      tanks

 

 

 

IMG_9111

 

 

 

                     Pyramids 

 

 

 

                         acidrain                                                                     Acid Rain

 

 

                                                  handNOx 

 

 

      World Trade 

         World Trade Centers 

 

                                    photolife 

 

 

phlifepg 

 

 

 

                 Beach Front 

 

 

 

grandmaSmoking

                                                                           Grandmother caught smoking

 

 

 

 

The Pinnacle of Man

 

 

 

 

 

Girl running 2

 

 

 

royal2                                        

                                                                                         Global Banking Collapse 

 

sunlife 2 

                 Sun Life Building 

 

 

                              scrapeenet_agua_20100523163320RbFxdO 

 

 

 

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Type your comment below:
Nice shots, Algis. These should be in a book.
These move me in so many ways here.
Wonder how the mother Earth feels as we pour these on her body?
Thanks Kathy R.
Hopefully one day !

Thanks Mission,
Nice way of putting that.
I love the ancient look the chemicals give to these images, as if these are weathered relics found in a secret chamber depicting a code of the ages. Found of course after the fact walking along that desolate place buried in the sand.
Very interesting altered images, Algis. The Salem's Lot and acid rain ones are scary, but most of the others are strangely beautiful.
Dear ACC,


Thats all this work started. I found in the burnt ruins of my family home these slides I had taken years earlier. After the fire and a years worth of weather in Maine I dug these slides out of the ashes. Inside the images were remarkably transformed. They looked like exposes the moment a huge catastrophy was happening. I decided to them Mimic this and came up with this work.
Dear LS,

I agree with you. I wanted some to be off worldly beautiful.
Thanks for commenting.
Yes, I agree. A big hard covered coffee table book that sells millions of copies.
On the planet, in the moment. It is the living playground, I came to love playing. To be here now. Thanks for the reminder, Buddha knows I needed it. The images are refreshing and life affirming.

"Inside the images were remarkably transformed." What a lovely comment you made. It reminds me that every time I think I'm too tired and it's my last dance, the band plays a song I adore. Of course I have to keep on dancing because it's always a better song.

Thank you again.
Dear SS,
Great, I hope this thought comes true too!

Dear LB,
Thanks, I hope the Band always gets the chance to play one more song too!
Algis, as usual, you rock. Thanks for posting these fascinating images.
Dear kh333,
Thanks and your most welcome too! As is everyone!
Wow! These are remarkable... The Two Infernos, Who Killed the Whales and North Pole 2012 particularly caught my eye with respect to your title, but aesthetically I find them all to be very striking. Thank you for sharing them.
Wow! I love these! Are they for sale?
Beautiful images, timely theme! Sounds like you were working with the transformative energies of fire!! I'm going to forward (as I do with other of your work)...
truly beautiful

accidental

or not
Wow! These are remarkable... The Two Infernos, Who Killed the Whales and North Pole 2012 particularly caught my eye with respect to your title, but aesthetically I find them all to be very striking. Thank you for sharing them.

Dear Wordsmith,

Thanks for dropping by and commenting. You also made my day.

Wow! I love these! Are they for sale?

Dear Pavanne Veltman,
Thanks very Much. Yes they are for $ale.

Beautiful images, timely theme! Sounds like you were working with the transformative energies of fire!! I'm going to forward (as I do with other of your work)...

Dear JulieShanti,
Thanks JS. Yes, fire has it own way with Kodacrome slides.
MARCH 19, 2010 04:56 PM
Wonderful!

Dear kiraz,

And so are you. Thanks!

Fantastic

Dear Amanda Gulledge,

Thanks and so are you ! too

truly beautiful

accidental

or not

Dear ConnieMack,

Thanks so much! Yes, accidents are a creators best friend sometimes.
Those are the most creative photographs I believe I've ever seen. Love Love Love Abstracts.
Awesome work, Algis. It amazes me how the right person comes along and makes things of beauty that others like me would have been pissed off and tossed away. Cool stuff here
You are a fine artist, friend.
Rated.
Those are the most creative photographs I believe I've ever seen. Love Love Love Abstracts.

Dear DrewBerry,

Thanks for making my day ! LOVE

Awesome work, Algis. It amazes me how the right person comes along and makes things of beauty that others like me would have been pissed off and tossed away. Cool stuff here

DearBoomer Bob,

thanks for commenting. At the beginning I was also quite upset and threw out a lot of slides...then I got the technique right and presto.

You are a fine artist, friend.
Rated.

Dear Thoth,

Thanks Big T. And you are a fine commenter.

All my best to the above commenters
Algis
MARCH 20, 2010 01:13 AM
very cool technique. analog vs digital. antidigital. without photoshop. impressive!
very cool technique. analog vs digital. antidigital. without photoshop. impressive!

Dear vzn,

Just one image has used photo shop and that is Last Dance.
Thanks for dropping by.

Fantastic!

Dear Gordon Wagner,
Your fantastic too. Thanks
Algis,
You've done it again, and in a different way. These imaginative, in many ways pregnant, renderings send a clear metaphorical message from a sensitive soul. Where your previous two posts (India & Turkey) celebrate humanity and bring joy, these are lamentations, portents of a sadder universe, whose meanings we would foolish to ignore. Beautiful and sobering.
These are stunning. Because you are looking to publish a visual book, you might look for small companies that specialize in photography books. You might also look for agents who also specialize in such things, especially as there is a potentially lucrative market for these images as posters or even lithographs. Make certain they are copyrighted and limit the quality of the images you post on the net, where everything gets around for free... ...You have a niche you should be able to exploit but it will take some research. Begin with the Writers Market 2010. You should be able to find small houses or imprints that publish photography books. Check out this site (remember, I barely scratched the surface here). http://www.aphotoeditor.com/2008/05/21/photo-book-publishers/
Good luck!
Really creative and powerful images. Thank you for posting.
r
I came to look again, to be refreshed again. Instead I found myself in tears, we are killing our home.

As I read the comments I found one from ghijuo juhliuhiu selling Stuff for our beaches.

I too have been killing my home. I want to keep dancing here, so I'm saying I'm sorry.
The images are a visceral illustration of how the earth has been polluted through our neglect . . .
Algis, thanks for sharing these images again. They are stunning and haunting, sheer alchemy.
This is my 3rd or 4th trip back. I only found out later that I was supposed to be counting... :-)
These are brilliant works of art. Thanks!
Amazing pictures - from another world on the brink. Interesting that the idea came from how the fire and the elements 'developed' those family pictures. Layers and layers of meaning here.

Dear lumina59,
Yes from the ashes came what I felt was indeed some of the best environmental images one could muster besides the obvious. You know up here in Canada, they have been totally rejected by the Government run Art Camp.

Algis,
You've done it again, and in a different way. These imaginative, in many ways pregnant, renderings send a clear metaphorical message from a sensitive soul. Where your previous two posts (India & Turkey) celebrate humanity and bring joy, these are lamentations, portents of a sadder universe, whose meanings we would foolish to ignore. Beautiful and sobering.

Dear amdad44,

Thanks for the well chosen words. In my small way I try to do what I can.


These are stunning. Because you are looking to publish a visual book, you might look for small companies that specialize in photography books. You might also look for agents who also specialize in such things, especially as there is a potentially lucrative market for these images as posters or even lithographs. Make certain they are copyrighted and limit the quality of the images you post on the net, where everything gets around for free... ...You have a niche you should be able to exploit but it will take some research. Begin with the Writers Market 2010. You should be able to find small houses or imprints that publish photography books. Check out this site (remember, I barely scratched the surface here). http://www.aphotoeditor.com/2008/05/21/photo-book-publishers/
Good luck!

Dear Nikki Stern,

Thanks for all the important info and good words. I really appreciate it.

Really creative and powerful images. Thank you for posting.
r

Dear Audrey Ohley,

Thanks again and again.

I came to look again, to be refreshed again. Instead I found myself in tears, we are killing our home.

As I read the comments I found one from ghijuo juhliuhiu selling Stuff for our beaches.

I too have been killing my home. I want to keep dancing here, so I'm saying I'm sorry.

Dear L'heure bleue,
So true and deep thanks...

Wow!!

Rated.

Dear Tinkerertink69,

Thanks so much again and again.

The images are a visceral illustration of how the earth has been polluted through our neglect . . .

Dear Owl_Says_Who,

Wow you made my morning that much ....

These images are powerful, sinister and beautiful.

Dear Cindy Ross,

Yes and thanks for posting. I almost feel a little embarrassed that I created this because I love this planet Oh so much !

Algis, thanks for sharing these images again. They are stunning and haunting, sheer alchemy.

Dear Linda Shiue,

Yes I felt the transformative nature of this work was truly worth investigating.

This is my 3rd or 4th trip back. I only found out later that I was supposed to be counting... :-)

Dear Wordsmith,
Oh make my day again and again Big W.

These are brilliant works of art. Thanks!

Dear Kevin Lee,

Thank You for posting this ...your a real Pal.
To be able to to turn tragedy into beauty and teach lessons is something that artists are blessed with. You are blessed.
To be able to to turn tragedy into beauty and teach lessons is something that artists are blessed with. You are blessed.

Dear cartouche,

I am sharing all my blessings to you for pointing that out. Thanks Oh so Very Much!
Your Fan
AK
stunning stunning stunning
What completely fantastic work. I hope you find a happy publishing home for this.
stunning stunning stunning

Dear Kathy Knechtges,
Thanks for making my day !

Absolutely gorgeous.

Dear Caroline Hagood,

Thanks for that !

What completely fantastic work. I hope you find a happy publishing home for this.

Dear Deborah Teramis Christian,

Thanks for this vote of confidence.

NICE!!!

Dear Carrie Anne King,

Thanks for that !
Hi from Sydney Algis!

I've just spent a couple of hours looking at what must be thousands of hours of work you've enjoyed and toiled creating your amazing artworks. I love the apocalyptic and rejuvenating power of your images!

Where do people go to buy your work?

Best wishes,

Brett
It took me a while to get here but I am SO glad I did! Those are absolutely amazing! Northpole 2012 and the 4th one up from the leaning tower of Pisa are so Van Gogh-ish. I am going to share this on every social site I belong to and solicit comments. Kathy is right, these belong in a book at the very least!
Hi from Sydney Algis!

I've just spent a couple of hours looking at what must be thousands of hours of work you've enjoyed and toiled creating your amazing artworks. I love the apocalyptic and rejuvenating power of your images!

Where do people go to buy your work?

Best wishes,

Brett

Dear Bretton,

Thanks so much for the touching comment. Any of my images are for sale. My best item would be these or my Holy Cow Portfolio. They are 1/1 gold toned silver gelatin prints.

All the best

Algis
APRIL 14, 2010 04:36 PM
It took me a while to get here but I am SO glad I did! Those are absolutely amazing! Northpole 2012 and the 4th one up from the leaning tower of Pisa are so Van Gogh-ish. I am going to share this on every social site I belong to and solicit comments. Kathy is right, these belong in a book at the very least!

Dear Painting The Stars,
Thanks so much for commenting ! They are actually very much influenced by Van Gogh. I was certainly thinking about him and greatly influenced by his art. These images sort of morphed between the two realities of making impressionistic images using fire and various glues or going all the way down to Meltdown or Altered States. At one point during their creation I definately felt like I had successfully channel him for this work. Years later I was to channel El Greco and come up with another interesting body of work. Thanks again for the comment.

All the best
Algis
Algis, your brilliant and bold technique of burning Kodachrome transforms images of day-to-day life into an apocalyptic nightmare dreamscape. I absolutely love this series.

Hmmm . . . now where did I put my old slides???
Thanks so much Artfolio, I am looking for more slides myself. Kodacromes work the best because of the cardboard frame.