Kelli Pennington

Kelli Pennington is a photographer, educator, and curator living in Portland, Oregon. An avid traveler and observer, Kelli teaches photography with lessons rooted in the belief that as we frame a photograph, too can we frame the relationship that we have with our own existence.  Keli earned her MFA from Syracuse University in 2010. She is a founding member of “Small Talk Collective”, formed in Portland, Oregon in 2015. Small Talk is comprised of seven women, who explore the nature of what it means to be a visual storyteller.


Liminal explores the seasonal passing of time and aging. A carefully crafted view of an examined life, as two peoples lives merge together and as a family grows apart over time. These images play with the notion of perception and perspective, and the belief that as one idea frames a photograph, so too can it frame a relationship to one’s own existence. Kelli’s photographic process is guided by the pursuit of the meaningful convergence where light, form, and memory become a singular entity. In these images, she documents from one daily routine to the next.

To view more of Kelli Pennington’s work please visit her website.

What We've Read!

At Aint-Bad we are dedicated to photography and printed matter. From our magazines to our artist monographs, the printed page is what we live for. Each month we will gather books that catch our eyes and build an online library with the hope to inspire and support fellow bookmakers out there.