Picture by glitch: McKinney native develops unique photographic art form

Just saw this article featuring my glitch art in a local newspaper.  Love it. 

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Photo courtesy of Ken Morris - McKinney native Ken Morris recently started creating "Glitch Art Panorama Photography," a rare form of photographic art. For this piece, #glitchalley, Morris spun in a circle while taking the shot, thus creating skips in the middle.

Published: Monday, June 24, 2013 6:06 PM CDT

McKinney High School graduate Ken Morris is at it again. He has another way to engage others digitally.

Morris, a 2003 grad, recently stumbled upon a unique kind of expression, what he calls "Glitch Art Panorama Photography." Using the panoramic feature on his iPhone while cascading up, down and around a scene in front of him, Morris creates a picture in motion.

"It's more of a movement piece; it captures the movement as I'm taking the photo, so you can tell where my arms are, my body is, where the rest of the scene is.

"It's really more like a dance."

Add a photo-editing and color-correction app, and Morris's phone is his palette. "No Photoshop, though," he assured. "I twist and turn and spin, and that creates bent buildings and curved horizons."

His artistic photography - or photographic art - premiered in March at the RatCity ArtCity Art Walk in Seattle, Wash., where he now lives. There he sold one piece; it's also available on Etsy.com, an online marketplace for handmade items. Since the festival, it's been featured on artist Philip Stearns' blog, he said.

Morris said he knows of just a few others who've taken to the style, as discovered through extensive online browsing. He came into it accidentally: while taking a panorama of a sunset, he started walking away without ending the shot.

What would happen if he took a panorama of his feet while walking, he pondered.

"That's the first time I'd ever seen that kind of glitch art photography," he said. "I just absolutely fell in love with it."

From there he experimented with different lights, scenes and angles. The term "glitch art" comes from manipulating electronic devices and files for aesthetic purposes; thus, creativity in Morris's art hinges as much on intentional changes in color and other basic parts of each picture.

"It's a very specific kind of abstract photography," he said.

Inspiration is all around, whether a building caught by the early sun or a cloudy day with added darkness. A piece's typical print size is about 10 inches tall and 30 inches wide, Morris said, but like most digital products, that's up for edit.

What started as an impromptu hobby has become a consistent venture for Morris, but he says it's less about the money than it is about spurring others to think and view the world differently.

That approach isn't new. Last year he attempted to launch an app-based TV show called Parked 3D. It never truly got off the ground, but was another innovative digital creation.

Morris said he continues his work in film and TV - screenwriting, video developing, storytelling - what he's done since his time in McKinney. His new art form is simply another avenue to connect in a digital society.

"It's a whole new way to share my story and express myself and really engage other people," he said. "I hope that as this becomes more popular, people buying and selling and viewing it will be inspired to talk to each other."

Experimenting with glitch art panorama will go on, the honing of subjects, titles and manipulations. All Morris needs is a phone and some imagination.

"We've become such an isolated culture, I really want to do things to help correct that and bring people back together," he said. "Technology can be a blessing or a curse, depending on how you use it."

For examples of Morris's work, visit officialkenmorris.com.