KH Photography is a traditional photographic art practice owned and operated by Kevin Harding. Dedicated to traditional, handmade, and artisanal photographic processes, KH Photography specializes in photographs that move you, touch you, and make you think.
As an artistic medium, photography has unique capabilities: it can portray things precisely as they are, and at the same time, it can change them completely. A photograph can be a reflection of a split second in time, or of an entire lifetime. A photograph can convey thousands of words, or just one.
As a photographer, I’m a story teller. I love telling stories with images, with photographic captures of discrete moments, of knowing smiles, of powerful landscapes, and so much more.
As your photographer, I want to tell your story. As part of my practice, I want to get to know you, who you are, what motivates you, and what you want to share through photography. How can I help you do that? What story do you want to tell?
Photography shouldn’t just be a practice of taking ten thousand photos across one afternoon in the hope that ten might be printable later. Photography should be a conversation between you, the subject, and me, the photographer. We should explore what we can say and how we can say it.
My commitment to you is that your photographs will tell a story that will touch you, or move you, or make you think. How we get there is the challenge, and the fun.
I centre my photographic practice on traditional silver photography – analogue and film photography. There is a special kind of permanence and tangibility with film photography – when I develop my film, I can immediately see, feel, and manipulate the images.
Film photography also forces contemplation and deliberation in my photographic process. Sometimes I only get ten images per roll of film – or only two images per large format film holder! – and that means that I need to think about how I want the photo to happen, and what I want to show. Translating that into an image that appears later, after developing the film, is a challenge – but it’s the challenge of photography.
The nature of silver photography is also amazing in its physical reality. Light, striking a silver compound, changes it, so that when it’s treated by a developer and a fixer, an image appears. And that image is made out of silver. And that works for both negatives and prints and so many other things. Compare that to a string of numbers on a memory card. Which one is more amazing?
Traditional silver is the centre of my photographic process. It’s something that touches me, and makes me think.
My name is Kevin Harding, and I am a photographer. I specialize in traditional silver photography. I’m based in Vancouver, Canada. I make photos to tell stories that touch you, move you, and make you think. My practice is based on traditional silver gelatin film photography, bringing a handmade, artisan approach to making powerful images that move you, touch you, and make you think.
Here, I’ll share some of my stories with you. To learn more about me and my work, you should check out my blog, where I’ll share projects, challenges, thoughts, and more. If you’d like to learn with me, I offer workshops and one-on-one training in Vancouver – learn more here.