About

We take it for granted that the visual world is stable, yet we move our eyes almost continuously. Moreover, we only have high-resolution vision in a small region at the center of our visual field, yet we believe that we see everything in high resolution. On a cognitive level, we (including myself) have a tendency toward “confirmation bias”, that is, seeking out evidence that confirms our pre-existing beliefs.

Why is this site called Peripheral Visions? My goal is that photographs and blogs (on both photography and other topics) will challenge how I/we see the world. I use the metaphor of physical vision to call attention to what happens at the margins. I expect this website will always be a work in progress that reflects my own evolving perspectives and (hopefully) deepening mindfulness.

I organize the photographs on this site into temporary thematic exhibits, each of which is typically accompanied by a descriptive narrative. For each exhibit, I generally select a limited number of images out of a larger body of work on the same theme. My goal is that each image strengthens and contributes to the overall narrative. At any one time, the site will host several current exhibits, which will become archived after a while and replaced by new ones.

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Bio

It’s ironic that I gravitated to photography for creative expression, since my vision has never been fully correctable to 20/20 even with glasses.  Nonetheless, my interest began around my 13th birthday, when I received a “Yashica A”, a simple adjustable twin lens reflex camera.  I set the aperture and shutter speed manually using a hand held light meter.  The camera produced 2¼ inch square negatives on each 12 exposure roll of film.  I built a black and white darkroom in a basement storage room in my parents’ house, and I recall retreating into its dim chemical-infused confines for hours on end.  It was the perfect escape for my introverted adolescent personality.  My early development as a photographer is testimony to the influence of encouraging teachers.  I was privileged to attend a high school that not only offered photography, but also had teachers who made their living from photography as an art form.  After my 20s, however, I no longer had access to a darkroom.  Though I continued to photograph, the absence of creative control over the final print made my photography less intentional.  With the advent of high quality digital cameras and photographic software, I regained some control (though I sometimes struggle to keep up with advances in digital technology).  When I left the 9-to-5 work world in 2014, I regained my passion for photography. This website is one result.

Recent public exposure

2019

Art Hop, Takoma Park, MD

Solo exhibit, Kefa Cafe, Silver Spring, MD

2018

Merging Worlds, Group Show, Community Center, Takoma Park, MD

Solo Exhibit, Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA

Art Hop, Takoma Park, MD

Labor Day Art Show Glen Echo

“Close-up Keith Kozloff”, Rootstalk, Volume 4, Issue 2, Spring, 2018, pp. 69-76.

2017

Labor Day Art Show, Glen Echo, MD

Holiday Art Fair, Takoma Park, MD

2016

Folk Festival Art Fair, Takoma Park, MD

Holiday Art Fair, Takoma Park

2015

Group Show, Christ Congregational Church, Silver Spring, MD

Holiday Art Fair, Takoma Park

2014

Community Center Art Exhibit, Takoma Park, MD

Holiday Art Fair, Takoma Park

Silver Spring Unitarian Church