Eugene artist and journalist Bob Keefer uses the traditional technique of hand-coloring black and white photographs to depict landscapes of the Pacific Northwest. He visited Andrews Forest in the rainy week of April 20-26, 2014. While at the Andrews, Bob made a series of photographs of old-growth stumps and young hemlocks growing on the stumps to illustrate the long-term changes that are visible in the forest. Stumps – especially old-growth stumps from trees cut decades ago – provide haunting evidence of the forest’s past and its current regeneration. The medium of hand-colored black and white photographs is especially appropriate here because of its links to 19th century Northwestern landscape photography.
About 50 pieces of Bob’s Andrews Forest work were displayed at the Jacobs Gallery in Eugene in May and June 2015 in an exhibit titled: “Forest Investigation: Investigating the Forest: A Year of Photography at H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest.” Bob’s works are also part of the ROT exhibit in January-February 2016 at the Corvallis Arts Center and then on to The World Forestry Center in Portland.
A dozen of Bob’s photographs illustrated the Reflections book Forest Under Story (due out Feb 2016) edited by N. Brodie, C. Goodrich, F. Swanson.
Bob Keefer Contributed to the Following Andrews Special Projects
About the Artist
Bob Keefer graduated from Harvard University in 1975 and spent four decades as a newspaper reporter before retiring in 2013. He wrote about art and artists for most of the 30 years he worked at The Register-Guard in Eugene. In 2006 he was a fellow at the National Endowment for the Arts’ Journalism Institute for Theater and Musical Theater in Los Angeles.
Keefer has shown his hand-colored black and white landscape photography over the past 10 years at galleries in Eugene, Corvallis and Portland.
Find out more about Bob Keefer’swork: bobkeeferphoto.com
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