"In the Keystone XL pipeline’s path are the hard working, all-American, down to earth, real people of Nebraska. Eric Kayne photographs these people, their farms, and communities with an eye for composition and aesthetics. His images weave color and form into a narrative that entices the viewer and furthers the story of Nebraskan’s singular resistance to the pipeline.
Kayne’s beautiful images of dormant acreage makes clear why devoted farmers would be alarmed that the pipeline could jeopardize America’s food security. His striking pictures of the twisting, turning rivers that thread their way through pastures, elucidates rancher’s feelings that they are stewards of the hallowed land. Portraits of normal looking, middle-income people show that it must not be easy to resist the added income the pipeline would bring but the vibrant red, white and blue that punctuates these photographs, suggests the moral choice being made.
Eric Kayne could have rested on his skill as an editorial and commercial photographer to document the story of the Keystone XL pipeline but he used his education as a visual artist to evoke emotion, and through emotion, concern for the people of Nebraska, who feel it is their responsibility to protect the water supply from the benefits of short-term gains and defend the land for long-term use."
– Maggie Blanchard, Former Director, Twin Palms Publishing
Matagorda Bay, an area along the Texas Gulf Coast,"discovered” by Sieur de La Salle in 1684. The swampy region is a mix of biodiversity, heavy industry and history. It is a major migratory flyway, home to some of the busiest oyster, crab and shrimp industries in America and also the location of the industrial plants of Alcoa, Union Carbide, DuPont, and Formosa Plastics. Without much of the area in the visual canon, I explored the area around the bay with its history and present state in mind.
Lost In The Pines
A visual exploration of religion against the backdrop of the Piney Woods of East Texas.
Eric Kayne was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas and took his first photography class in sixth grade.
After high school, he led a vagabond academic life that took him to the University of California Santa Barbara, the Academy of Art in San Francisco, Collin County Community College, Austin Community College and finally the University of Texas at Austin, where he graduated with a BA in studio art.
In 1999, he moved to New York City and interned at Magnum Photos, Inc. and then followed up with a summer job at the Maine Photographic Workshops as the E-6 process manager. He later attended San Antonio College where he discovered and fell in love with photojournalism.
After a year and a half at two small-town Texas newspapers, he moved to a small beach village in Marin County, California where he drove milk truck for an organic creamery, and freelanced for the Marin Independent Journal. Living in the Bay Area inspired him to continue his photographic education through workshops and classes at the City College of San Francisco. After two years, he left to attend the School of Visual Communication at Ohio University, eventually earning his MA in photography.
After Ohio, he interned at the San Antonio Express-News, the Seattle Times and The Dallas Morning News. He eventually found a contract staff position at the Houston Chronicle. Laid off after 13 months, he has been a freelance independent photographer ever since.
He now splits his time between editorial and commercial assignments, while creating as much time as possible for personal projects. His clients include Arcade Fire, The Wall Street Journal, Houston Methodist Hospital System, BBVA Compass Bank, H.E.B., and the MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Now residing in Oakland, California, his wife, Carrie Feibel, is the health editor for the NPR affiliate KQED in San Francisco. They have a four-year old daughter, Joni.
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