Untitled II, from We Are Not Home series by Kerry McFarland

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Copyright 2005 Kerry McFarland
I started noticing that when the sun would go down, little flickers would light up everyone’s windows in their house. I’d be out walking (I lived in the desert and it was too hot to do so earlier), with all the beauty outside surrounding me, and silence; Then these houses…flickering. Every night, after 5, I’d see the same thing. I wouldn’t see people sitting outside enjoying the sunset. I wouldn’t see people gathered around a BBQ, I wouldn’t see people out walking with their lovers, enjoying one another. Shades drawn, little flickers.

I felt the neglect. So much is going on outside, yet many people spend countless hours watching a little box. What about what’s going on right in their own backyard, their family, their city…their country. The complacency is frightening.

That is what this series is about.

Kerry’s work has been shown in art shows and galleries in Los Angeles, Arizona, and in her home state of Virginia.

For most of her career she has focused on adult portraiture, but the last three years there has been a strong emphasis on children and their beauty. Being enamored with the surreal, her portraits of children have fit right in with her style, capturing their ethereal nature.

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  • Sean Farragher
    Sean Farragherover 7 years ago

    feels strange,every one goes in to there own bubble,

  • Casey Herman
    Casey Hermanover 7 years ago

    Haha. You reminded me of when I was a student and after a gruelling day of training, I’d sit near the runway to watch the sun set over the mountains. Other guys would come up to ask what I was doing, and over time, friends would join me. Then more guys would come over to take heaps of photos … and then after their films were developed, they’d accumulate during sunset to compare photos.

    Meanwhile, the sun, sky and clouds would turn on pyrotechnics changing by the milliseconds, which would be missed entirely by those engrossed with looking at their photos.

    Yeah, the lights are on, but nobody’s home …

  • Kerry McFarland
    Kerry McFarlandover 7 years ago

    Exactly World Vision!!! On the nose.

  • Darren Burdell
    Darren Burdellabout 7 years ago

    Lovin’ this set Kerry, great concept, your point is strenghtend by the fact that the people are oblivious to the fact you’re there.

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