Author Archive | amy kirkpatrick


double negative image 11-2 original images

I spent an evening scanning stacks of 2 1/4 negatives of family photos when I accidentally placed 2 negs on the flatbed scanner at the same time — and this etherial image appeared (shown at top). A family camping trip took on new dimension alluding to a hidden storyline — and it was simply light moving through 2 pieces of film. Old school. Without Photoshop. How cool is that?


designing drama

Amy Kirkpatrick-MNOpera Brocure

Bassman inspiration_Michal Daniel MN Opera photo

Michal Daniel photo_Steve Kemmerling retouching_Amy Kirkpatrick art direction

The season brochures for Minnesota Opera have always been one of my favorite projects. I aim to capture the over-the-top emotion and drama.

This year, my inspiration started with Lillian Bassman, an amazing fashion photographer from the 1940s through the 1960s. In the darkroom she used tissues and gauzes to blur areas of a picture and applied bleach to manipulate tone.

The authentic emotions of the performance were beautifully captured by Michal Daniel for Minnesota Opera. I partnered with Steve Kemmerling who artfully retouched Michal’s photography to apply Bassman’s painterly feel. Glen Porter at Bolger Printing ensured the precision color on press. The team effort was extraordinary.

The Opera has recieved a great response to the season images, and I can’t wait to see them bigger than life at bus stops across the Twin Cities during the year.


lake superior design retreat 2014

LSDR-triptichI attended the Lake Superior Design Retreat at the end of February — what an amazing weekend. Five presenters, who came from a variety of disciplines, talked about their creative process. One thing I love about this conference is how you see connections in the work. Pictured above (l-r) Eric Gjerde’s origami, architect Christopher Haas’ stage design, and Chuck Hoberman’s model for a transformable structure. Visually, the similarity that these all bend and transform is cool. But the similarity I was really impressed with, was the way each of these men jumped into unknown territory and applied their skills in areas they couldn’t have anticipated. Eric is currently working on ways to fold antennas for space, Christopher is designing glasses which have visual blinders, and Chuck is designing a stadium roof that expands like the f-stop of a camera lens. Very inspiring stuff.