Mikael Kennedy


Exhibited in 2010 at the Chelsea Hotel by Peter Hay Halpert Fine Art, NY; Shoot The Moon, Kennedy's first solo exhibition in New York City, consisted of a series of 500 Polaroids taken between 1999 and 2009. As he moved about - living and traveling in New England, driving from Massachusetts to Washington, hanging around Portland, Oregon, even eventually flying off to Serbia, and then coming to New York – Kennedy photographed with an almost obsessive intensity. This exhibition represented a selection from the thousands of pictures he took during his wanderings and an introduction to this massive body of work. His passion for photographing his friends and family, the places he encountered, even, in an ongoing series, the birds in the sky, is matched and enabled by his love affair with the Polaroid process itself. The instantaneous nature of the process, the uniqueness of each image, its inherent advantages and limitations, coupled with a particular colour range that is further attenuated when he used expired film, all fueled his desire to explore the possibilities in pushing what he could do with Polaroid photography.
- Peter Hay-Halpert

"In 2002 I was twenty-three years old. David and I were leaving the blood bank in Seattle where we went twice a week to make 45 dollars selling our blood...I sold my blood to buy expired Polaroid film where I could find it, and when that didn't work I would steal it... We had no jobs, we had no plan.....I told David that this was to be the plan: No plan. I said we'd 'Shoot The Moon.' Like in the game of Hearts, you collect all the bad cards you win, you get almost all of them but not all, you lose. So I started collecting my cards in the frame of a Polaroid."
- Mikael Kennedy