Keith Petersen is an artist and photographer living in the East Bay. He works as a photographer specializing in Fine Art and Antique documentation. He graduated from CCAC with a BFA in Photography and has shown work in San Francisco and the greater Bay Area.


This work investigates the nature of the materials and methods with which I create my art. The compositions incorporate mineral compounds, oils, plant matter and other pigments that are foraged from nature. The creation of the works often involves the use of magnetization, wind, kinetic energy and other methods to transform the material. Time and environment are factors as well; sunlight, heat and cold add rust, corrosion and decay into the ephemeral works.

Because of the impermanent nature of the elements and compositions, it is a photograph capturing a moment within the process that is the end result. In the photography stage I explore traditional techniques including solarization, cross processing, and split toning.