Kai Drachenberg
Kai Drachenberg
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Sync

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The Spiral

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Touch

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Endure

About Kai Drachenberg

Kai Drachenberg was born in 1990 in the state of Hawaii where he lived for eight years before his parents moved the family. They lived in Nepal, Fiji, and even Kashmir, India for a year while the war between Pakistan and India was in process. Kai’s parents eventually settled down in in the US, first California, Kansas, and finally, Arkansas in 2010. Kai picked up photography in 2012 and has yet to hang it up, saying, “Photography enriches my soul and drives me forward into the unknown.” Drachenberg hopes to shed a new perspective on the way we see what a camera can be and how much further we can take it.

My vision is to capture the divinity of people and their environment. I want to show that there is a subtly to humans that can be pierced if one is perceptive enough. I use the camera as means to compress this “divine moment” to an assortment of colors, lights, angles and impressions that when studied will begin to open the veil of itself to the observer. As this happens you can begin to see this person's thoughts, experiences and dreams laid out. When I shoot I want the environment around my subject to match completely with my subject. I am attempting to show that my subjects’ environment is their thoughts experiences and dreams and the person is a hyper complex version of such an environment. In short, they are their environment and the environment is them. I am in awe of the world that we find ourselves, we are anything but ordinary and I hope to be able to convey this message through my photography. As far as editing goes I give myself the same liberties as a photographer using a darkroom with film would be able to adjust with their own photos i.e., small exposure change, contrast, color filters and cropping. While some have been slightly adjusted to match my vision I find that the most gratifying photos are the ones I don't have to touch at all but are a part of the moment all together.

About the art

Kai Drachenberg was born in 1990 in the state of Hawaii where he lived for eight years before his parents moved the family. They lived in Nepal, Fiji, and even Kashmir, India for a year while the war between Pakistan and India was in process. Kai’s parents eventually settled down in in the US, first California, Kansas, and finally, Arkansas in 2010. Kai picked up photography in 2012 and has yet to hang it up, saying, “Photography enriches my soul and drives me forward into the unknown.” Drachenberg hopes to shed a new perspective on the way we see what a camera can be and how much further we can take it.

My vision is to capture the divinity of people and their environment. I want to show that there is a subtly to humans that can be pierced if one is perceptive enough. I use the camera as means to compress this “divine moment” to an assortment of colors, lights, angles and impressions that when studied will begin to open the veil of itself to the observer. As this happens you can begin to see this person's thoughts, experiences and dreams laid out. When I shoot I want the environment around my subject to match completely with my subject. I am attempting to show that my subjects’ environment is their thoughts experiences and dreams and the person is a hyper complex version of such an environment. In short, they are their environment and the environment is them. I am in awe of the world that we find ourselves, we are anything but ordinary and I hope to be able to convey this message through my photography. As far as editing goes I give myself the same liberties as a photographer using a darkroom with film would be able to adjust with their own photos i.e., small exposure change, contrast, color filters and cropping. While some have been slightly adjusted to match my vision I find that the most gratifying photos are the ones I don't have to touch at all but are a part of the moment all together.