A few months ago our friends Chris Ridgway and Kaitlin McKinley wobbled their sea legged way into a small northern Ohio tavern where our company had gathered to welcome their return from a long voyage into the Pacific. Both had just resigned from their posts aboard a Hawaiian cruise ship and were savagely eager to drown their sorrows. When Chris and Kaitlin left for Hawaii their smiles were wide and expectations exuberant. Something happened. They returned as salty cynics; talking about Luaus and Pina Coladas with such grimacing tones you’d think they were recalling Nazi Germany.
Kaitlin and Chris are both artists in their separate fields. Kaitlin is a violinist and philharmonic student. Chris a photographer and visual archivist whose photographs force perspective and make you marvel at spacial nonconformism. Check out a sample of his work below.
Since their happy return from the islands, Chris and Kaitlin have organized and are now operating a small arts collective based out of Grand Rapids, Michigan dubbed Armada Obscura. You can purchase or simply browse it’s initial output HERE.
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