Metal masterpiece: Hidden Lantern introduces new artist

Published: Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 04:20 PM.

The scenes that inspire her to pull out the Pentax are not the regular beach shots, although she does shoot those on occasion. She is mostly inspired by the countryside along the back roads of "old Florida" and on trips to visit her grandparents in Enterprise, Ala.

After a day of shooting she sifts through her images and selects a chosen few to pursue further. Often they are images of a forgotten place or structure from which she’s been able to extract its hidden beauty. The selected images are then transferred to sheets of brushed aluminum.

Carvalho describes Reynolds' work as similar to reading vague recollections of a dream — both familiar and not, real yet indefinable, and different from other landscape photography that pervades the area.

"There’s an intersection between the support material, the effects of the finished surface and Kyleigh’s imagery that is so right on," said Carvalho. "Printing on brushed metal not only adds a new dimension, but it can also be transformative for the viewing experience. Because of the aluminum’s reflective, tactile surface, the image has the ability to change in various light. The viewer may be drawn to a new detail in the piece because it happens to be highlighted by a stray ray of light. The range of imagery presented in the collection from places Kyleigh has traveled is vast. You follow the photographer on the expedition. She captures moments in time that the viewer has missed but gets the chance to experience through the photographs."

Even though Reynolds is new to the South Walton art scene, she is not a newbie to the area.

"I'm a lifer," she said. "I was born and raised on Mack Bayou before it was paved. My parents had the Jimmy Buffett syndrome."

Reynolds said that through her work she strives to show that Florida is so much more than beach.

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