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DESIGN AND PHOTOGRAPHY

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Bands

Over the last few years I’ve been very fortunate to photograph some truly talented bands. I looked through my files one day and was blown away by the list of names.  Bands like Circa Survive, Jane’s Addiction, Avenged Sevenfold, Coheed …

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Models

Model photography is an exciting thing to be a part of. When you find the right one and you can collaborate and produce beautiful art, it’s a hell of a feeling. I don’t do it as much as I’d like …

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NYC

Over the last several years I’m sure you learned about my love for the South. I travel there every year and come back with loads of stories and photos. The food, the people, the land. It’s overwhelming stuff. It’s welcoming …

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Store

I took a chance with my store last year and offered many new items than ever before. Things went well. So well I plan on expanding a bit and offering some more items this year. I have a lot of …

"Tomorrow is promised to no one."

1120 INFORMATION

THE THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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History

The idea of 1120 Studios started back in 1996, but it wasn’t until late 2003 that it officially started. It launched as a small company that specialized in Graphic Design for small businesses and over the course of the following two years it developed more and began to find it purpose. The name and it’s message really began to take shape in April of 2005. On my birthday to be exact. I booked my first show with five local bands and a hundred or so kids packed into an American Legion. I had it recorded for a live CD that I released and things kept rolling from there. That show to me is was started it all.

Through 1120 Studios I booked shows, produced CD’s, and even had a small clothing line. I also did graphic design for bands and businesses. Years later it became less of a “company” as I started promoting my name and my own work while still taking on occasional client work.

Today 1120 Studios is a launch pad for my ideas and a place for the projects of my friends to call home. Things might have changed over the years, but it has always been based on loyalty and friendships. It’s also been a reminder that life is short and that “tomorrow is promised to no one.”

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THOUGHTS AND PROCESSES

About

I’m an artist and photographer based out of Northeastern, Pa with over 13 years experience in graphic design and 5 years experience in photography.

My design approach has many retro/vintage characteristics, but I often explore other styles. There can be a weathered or old school quality to much of what I create, but I often dabble in clean, slick design exploring shapes and experimenting with color.

For my own work I love sketchy lines and weathered text and I also enjoy the message and hidden meaning. I spend a lot of time in the small details of the piece working with textures and making things not so perfect. I’ve learned to just let things be and keep the nature of the creating very organic, but there are times I’m all about uniformity, bright colors, and symmetrical design. It depends on who wins the fight in my head that day.

Within my photography I like to play with tone and mood and I try to keep things emotional. There’s an underlying story even in my most simple photographs. Sometimes the story is there from the beginning and sometimes it unfolds as I’m editing. Some photos I let stand as they were shot and some I guide the moment further and pursue something more. I enjoy the chaos of art. I love the blur, the grain, and the layers. I love the elements of which lend to the telling of a story.

In a lot of my work there is a sense of darkness and I think those pieces help make my brighter and maybe what some may consider as my happier pieces to stand out that much more. Someone once told me, there’s a “sense of hurt” in my work and that was a great moment of accomplish having made someone feel something. The deepened shadows, the grain, the uncomfortable nature of a pose all add to the meaning. I’m not looking to portray doom and gloom, but maybe a depth allowing the viewer their chance to determine they’re own story from it. Their’s may not be what was intended, but I love hearing what it is they think it means because the art then goes beyond the piece. It lies with in the perception as well.

Broken down, seedy, sinful, and underbelly are things I finds intriguing. At times it is in the darkest corners that the light shines brightest. I’ve found a love and admiration over the years for exploring things that many may find unconventional. There’s a story in those places many tend to overlook or ignore.

I’ve always had a deep appreciation for the counterculture. There’s beauty in things the general public may not fully comprehend. Art is everywhere and in everything…even in what we don’t understand, agree with, or in things some find to be ugly. I try to capture that as I travel and explore. In creating my own work, I try at times to have something within it push the viewer. Sadness, peace, anger, happiness, and even confusion…those are all rewarding words hear.

In dark streets of a big city, the side roads of the middle of nowhere, even in the pit with sweaty bands and their fans, the lens is an eye to the world of where some people forget to look and I think they are missing out. These things are what excites me most.

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DIY AND PROFESSIONAL

Clients

My focus for client work is on helping to develop the image of bands, models, and small businesses, but I also have experience with larger scale organizations.

I have a very DIY attitude having come from a generation of artists that produced their own fanzines, comic books, and chapbooks with Xerox machines and X-Acto knives. Along with my 13 years of experience in the screen print industry, it’s a background that plays a significant roll in my work ethic by keeping things simple, cost effective, and as hands on as possible.

Even though I’m rooted in that sub-culture and industry I have experience with branding and marketing having worked with many corporate clients. This is experience that I bring to many of my smaller clients to help them down a path best suited for them.

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INFLUENCES AND HOBBIES

Personal

My creative influences range from Tom Waits, Charles Bukowski, and Wes Anderson to Faith No More, Chuck Palahniuk, and Lars von Trier.

I admire photographers such as Diane Arbus, Chase Lisbon, Richard Burroughs, Katarina Benzova, Jan Saudek, Danny Clinch, Anton Corbijn, Terry Richardson, and Annie Leibovitz.

I have a vast music collection ranging from classical and folk to heavy metal and experimental.

My book collection is just as varied. Poetry and books about Buddhism are my favorite to read.

I enjoy trying new food and travel as much as possible. I love diners, dive bars, Southern culture, anything Irish, and vintage America. I knows Cytoxan kicks in after about eight hours and I once helped save a green pig.

WHAT'S BEING SAID

Media

One of the best compliments photographer Keith Perks ever received was, “When I see your work, there’s a sense of hurt in it.”

The photographer and graphic designer finds a badge of honor in that statement – it shows he’s been down, but has gotten back up. He knows the meaning of bittersweet. He’s fought and triumphed, and he’s done it with the help of friends and family.

“If you’re going somewhere in life, and you want to make it to the top, going by yourself is a lonely thing. You bring good people along with you, it’s going to be a lot more fun getting there,” Perks said.

– Citizens Voice: Kristen Gaydos

If the saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words,” is true, then I hope the words-to-dollars exchange rate is good because that would put local photographer/graphic designer Keith Perks somewhere north of a billionaire. For years, he has been capturing NEPA’s beauty, artistry, and originality in his photography, as well as helping to brand local artists and businesses with his clean and professional vision.”

Whether his humble nature allows him to admit it or not, he delivers his message passionately and with intensity and I’ve left his company many times feeling more driven and focused regarding my own endeavors.

 – NEPA Scene: Rich Perry

AWARDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS

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Photographer:
Appel Farms Arts and Music Festival
2011-2013

Photographer:
Grand Slam Wrestling
April 2014-2015

Photographer:
NEPA Scene
October 2014-to present

Membership:
Wyoming Valley Art League

Awards:
Ferris Wheel – First Place – Photography
Bloomsburg Fair
Bloomsburg, PA 2011

Ben – Honorable Mention – Photography
Fine Arts Fiesta
Wilkes-Barre, PA 2013

Sax in the City – Second Place – Photography
Wyoming Valley Art League
Fall Juried Exhibition
Wilkes-Barre, PA 2014

Ben – First Place – Photography
Wyoming Valley Art League
Spring Juried Exhibition
Wilkes-Barre, PA 2015

Bethlehem Steel – First Place – Photography
Kronick, Kalada, and Berdy Purchase Award
Fine Arts Fiesta
Wilkes-Barre, PA 2015

Media:
Artist of the Month Jumpstart!/Citizens’ Voice – Wilkes-Barre, PA 2012

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Graphic Design

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Photography

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Writing

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  • 1120 Studios
  • P.O. Box 1500 Wilkes-Barre, PA 18703-1500
  • info(at)1120studios.com

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