Kent Wood

Kent Wood


I am a photographer, painter and professional model builder. I am widely published (including a cover of LIFE magazine) and collected.

As I enter my fifth decade in the visual arts I still seek what I have always sought, "The Decisive Moment" presented dramatically.

I am blessed with the gift of sight and it is my obligation to see what others may have only glanced at, looked upon or never seen.

I relish creating a magical image, a moment in time, something unseen and beautiful.

My fondest wish is that you find a photograph or painting which resonates deep within you and is worthy of becoming part of your collection.

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Kent Wood has uploaded Thunder Sweep

This is a soft pastel-like image of a distant thunderstorm in the dying light of sunset as it sweeps across the western edge of Tucson, AZ. USA

Snap, crackle, pop are the sounds of close lightning strikes followed by the peal of thunder.

In this monochromatic image lighting invades the night sky from the upper right to course through the air to silhouetted ground below. Tucson, AZ, USA

Kent Wood has uploaded Intensity

One can almost hear the snap crackle of numerous lightning bolts hitting a ridge in the Rincon Mountains, east of Tucson, AZ. USA

Often a desert storm can be so distant that it is hard to hear the thunder created from the lightning over the city noise. So it was in this photograph taken in the fading glow of sunset entering into the twilight of night. For a photographer it brings to mind the conundrum of trying to elicit sound through a photograph. Tucson, AZ, USA

Looking north from my mountainside perch I tracked a distant storm hovering over the Tortillita Mountains northwest of Tucson.

It is a pleasing, almost monochromatic, display, frame wide of multiple cloud to ground lightning strikes taken over several minutes with a time exposure.

Kent Wood has uploaded Dark Splendor

Desert thunderstorms on the horizon are especially picturesque even in a limited, but saturated palette.

This dark beauty with its curving rain shaft and single lightning bolt, swelled over the desert bajada between the Tucson Mountains and the distant orange horizon. Tucson, AZ, USA

I am always looking for twilight thunderstorms. It is a magical time of day and I never know what will be transformed and captured by my camera. It is quite serendipitous.

This storm manifested itself in the dying light of day and I was in the northwest part of town. I captured only a single lightning bolt came down over the course of many exposures. Tucson, AZ, USA

In the days of film I often photographed lightning with two cameras. One to capture the image faithfully, the other to do experimental photography with.

This was a complicated photograph, exposing the film with multiple time exposures using a red filter during one and zooming during the other.

On another night I once again courted fate by dragging out my 4x5 view camera in hopes of catching the essence of a lightning storm.

Lightning photography is hard enough without the added burden of a time consuming large format set up, but the end can justify the means.

Mission Road winds lazily like a river of light to a distant arch of lightning bolts. In the upper left an aerial display mimics the winding shape of the road. Tucson, AZ, USA

This image was on the cover of Discover Magazine.

Kent Wood has uploaded Summer Twist

One July night I foolishly decided to try and photograph a lightning storm with my 4x5 view camera and what a doozie it was.

At one point the windy gust front preceding the storm was so violent it ripped the 4x5 dark slide out of my hand and in seconds it vanished over the guard rails down the mountain side. I had to sacrifice a sheet of film for another dark slide.

This was the same storm that almost lifted my colleague's tripod up and over the guard rail as well. He caught it and his Nikon in mid flight!

It was worthwhile sacrifice, I ended up with several splendid images in large format. Tucson, AZ, USA

On a hot August night I scrambled and stumbled to the top of a small foothill in the Santa Catalina Mountains on the north edge of Tuscon, AZ. Ignoring the scrapes and cactus spines stuck in my legs I quickly set up my camera on its tripod. One storm, one lightning bolt was all she had, but what a bolt, it lit up the entire canyon and mountainside!

I had also captured a rare event in lightning photography, a secondary upward streamer leader to the right proving that the "light" in lightning travels up.

Kent Wood has uploaded Triplets

Desert storms come and go in different colors dependent on time of day and atmospheric conditions. This triplet of bolts were discharged just as the sunset was dying on the horizon west of Tucson. Tucson, AZ, USA

Kent Wood has uploaded To The Storms

Mission road appears to wind directly toward the center of the lightning strikes in this photograph taken from "A" Mountain in Tucson, AZ. USA

I find it exciting to watch an advancing lightning storm sweep through a city at night while most people are tucked away safely in their houses while nature's skies are in such a tumultuous state. Tucson, AZ, USA

Kent Wood has uploaded Close One

My daughter and I were on a parking garage roof to capture this magnificent lighting bolt. The flash and thunder was enough for her, she waited for her crazy dad in the car. Tucson, AZ, USA

Kent Wood has uploaded Looping

A heavily branched cloud to ground lightning and an unusual looping aerial discharge dwarf "A" Mountain in the Tucson Mountains.

Kent Wood has uploaded Twilight Burst

A beautiful display of lightning in front of a thunderstorm's rain shaft over Sabino Canyon in the Santa Catalina Mountains. Tucson, AZ, USA

Kent Wood has uploaded Intensity

An intense electrical thunderstorm pummels the Rincon Mountains with multiple lightning strikes. Tucson, AZ, USA

Kent Wood has uploaded Rincon Storm

An evening thunderstorm advances dropping lightning bolts over the Rincon Mountains east of Tucson, AZ, USA.

Twin lightning strikes silhouette a ridge filled with saguaro cacti.