Area photographer to share works in Wayland gallery exhibit
PLAINVIEW – Roaring Springs resident Ken Young will share his view of the world through the lens of a camera in an exhibit titled “Passing Moments: Photography by Ken Young,” on display at Wayland Baptist University’s Abraham Art Gallery Nov. 20 through Dec. 16.
The exhibit will feature many of Young’s works, ranging from landscapes taken around the world to West Texas scenics, western and ranch scenes and more. A reception for Young will be held Wednesday, Nov. 28, from 7-9 p.m. and is open to the public.
According to Dr. Candace Keller, professor of art at Wayland and curator for the gallery, the Young show will be a treat for visitors.
“I first met Ken Young when planning a retrospective exhibition for Artist Paul Milosevich, which was one of the first exhibitions presented in the Abraham Art Gallery. Ken was a good friend of Milosevich and a film-maker at the time, and he collaborated on the documentary film we made for the Milosevich show,” she recalled.
“Ken has an inspired eye and a patient insightfulness which enables him to photograph the rare and temporal visual points of time represented in his work. This talented artist has an easy sense of humor and a story to go with each of his captured moments. The reception will showcase his beautiful photography as well as help to celebrate his 63rd birthday.”
A fifth-generation Texan, Young was raised in Lubbock and attended Texas Tech. After time in the Army Security Agency where he traveled to Turkey, Japan and Vietnam, he moved to Houston, then to Breckenridge, Colo., to become an artist. He first worked in metals, but in his spare time dabbled in photography using a camera he picked up in Vietnam.
Young made the art show circuit for several years and took on private commissions for corporations and individuals. He also began showing in national galleries, which led to eventual burnout.
After moving to Lubbock in 1993, Ken married his childhood sweetheart, Dinah, and worked on commissioned sculptures. They moved in 1999 to Roaring Springs, where they live on a five-acre pecan orchard with gardens his wife has created.
In 2002, a series of mini-strokes caused by metal dust caused Young to turn to his longtime hobby, photography, for his primary medium, noting, “I couldn’t be happier.” He produces fine art photographs and was commissioned by the historic Matador Ranch to document their operations.
Though Young’s work is expansive, his first love is photographing Texas, and he finds that timing is the key factor to his work.
“We live in a great area, and the Lord continually puts me in the right place. My images are not something I can plan but something I have to be always ready for,” he said. “Whether it’s a passing cloud, a newborn colt or a disappearing lifestyle, they are all images never to be seen again. I am blessed with the ability and talent to see and capture these passing moments in time.”