Opening Reception – Oct 5, 2019

Outside looking in

“People are already arriving!”

It was 10 minutes before 5 pm. The invitations said ‘Opening Reception begins at 5:30 pm.’ We were still sticking labels next to the art pieces; the caterers were unloading the food; gift packets and beverages hadn’t been moved out to the tables; I was still trying to remember what I wanted to say; but guests were arriving really early – “This is really happening!” I thought.

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200-250 people came to the Opening Reception–traveling from all parts of North Dakota and at least 14 other states (Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming) to see our collaborative art work.

Wow! What a night!

Thank you to all who attended as well as those who wanted to attend but couldn’t make the trip!

Jessica and I have been floating on cloud 9 ever since.

David Borlaug kicks off the event, introducing Shelley Larson, and artists Jessica Wachter and Kent Burkhardsmeier

Around 6 pm, Gallery Director David Borlaug kicked off the event introducing Shelley Larson – Starion Bank representative and our friend. Shelley shared how she has known Jessica since a little girl and how Jessica and I met at her place (read more). Jessica spoke passionately on the power of looking at life through the lens of connected, she shared our manifesto, and revealed how her paintings are her prayers to the world (read more).

Jessica sharing her passion, inspiration, and aspirations as an artist

I owe a huge thank you to Ms Jessica.  She has pushed me to go beyond my traditional photographic art creations.  She has been such an inspiration, a true mentor, and my artistic partner.  As she mentioned, we’ve discovered some points of connections.

Thank you Shelley and Craig Larson for allowing the Cat in The Hat (me) into your home. Thank you Starion Bank for adding the extra bits for this wonderful display. A special thank you to David and The Capital Gallery, for inviting Jessica and me to showcase our artwork throughout the entire gallery for the next 3 months!

Susan talking with her brother Raymond French

Welcome friends – those who live locally and those who traveled to be here tonight. Welcome to my local Burkhardsmeier and Kress clans. Welcome to the French Family!

I want to shout out to 3 fans: my daughter (Britni), son (Derek), and daughter-in-law (Lauren).

Many of my pieces would not be possible if were not for my business and life partner, Susan. We travel together — she makes sure we have coffee and snacks during our early morning sunrise shoots plus wine, cheese, and crackers for our sunset sessions.

For those that don’t’ know me, I grew up here (Bismarck).  I went to Saxvik Elementary and Simile Jr High. I graduated from Century High School.  I played hockey; ran track and cross-country. I’ve walked or rode my bike on almost every street in town! (Well pre-1980 Bismarck streets.) That is when I moved away for college. Since leaving I have lived around the world. For now, we live in South Florida.

While I was discovering points of connection throughout the world, I always stayed connected to here –North Dakota! The wide openness of ND is prevalent in much of my work.

Artist’s Manifesto

Since this exhibition is the first time my work has been shown in ND, I’d like to share a little bit about my art.

When I go outdoors with my camera – I breathe.  I am connected.
Before I set up my gear – I look and I hear.  I am connected.
As I make an image – I learn and I feel it.  I am connected.
When I print a piece – I welcome it into the world.  I am connected.
Through my images,  I offer peace, serenity, calmness, and space. 
Through my artwork, I reach out.

We are connected!

It would have been easy for us (Jessica and I) to never have worked together.  We are different in so many ways (gender, age, background, mannerisms, color, approach, style, medium, etc.)!

Yet, we chose to be connected!  We were willing to discover points of connections.  We continue to uncover them.  And each time something better comes afterwards.

Through art, we choose to express what it means for us to be connected.  This gallery of our work is a manifestation of discovering points of connections.  Our talents are interlaced into the art pieces. 
We are connected, period.

I cannot tell you how to feel or what to look for as you walk around the gallery.  But I can share my approach. As I walk through the gallery,
I Breathe to be present,
I Look to see,
I Hear to understand, and
I Feel to connect. 
I am willing to discover more points of connections. 

Breathe, Look, Hear, Feel

When I depart through those exit doors, I depart informed.
I Welcome and
I Reach Out
I am willing to discover points of connections with others, especially those who are not like me.

To be connected is an action, not a state of being!

To quote someone I know, admire, and respect:

“When people are connected, they feel woven into each other.  You are a part of me, and I am a part of you.  I can’t win if you lose. The goal is for everyone to be connected.”

That is what enables Jessica and me; that is what motivates us; and that is what inspires Jessica and me.

That is our goal!

Leaving their mark on the wall

More Information

To view Jessica’s work and our joint pieces currently on display, click here >>

To view my work currently on display, click here >>

To learn more about artist Jessica Wachter, visit her website.

To learn more about artist Kent Burkhardsmeier, visit my website.

For inquires about art pieces showing at The Capital Gallery, visit their website.

Orchid Love

This image is about vision, fine art, emotion, and movement. It wasn’t a routine photo taken but rather the creation of fine art photography—born out of creativity.

The back story on how this image was born.

©2017 Kent J Burkhardsmeier    All Rights Reserved

As you look at this photo:

  • Where do your eyes go?
    • Do they linger in one place?
    • Do they move around within the image?  Where?
    • Do they want to move out of the image?
  • Are you drawn into the image or does the image reach out to you?
  • Does it conjure up emotions within you?

The rest of the story…

Continue reading “Orchid Love”

Welcome to KJB Images Blog

Welcome!  I am really glad you found my blog site and are taking the time to interact with me.  I look forward to having a meaningful interaction with you!
2017 will be a year for communicating and sharing my photographic vision, images, and experiences through an updated blog site. 


Welcome!  I am really glad you found my blog site and are taking the time to interact with me.  I look forward to having a meaningful interaction with you!

2017 will be a year for communicating and sharing my photographic vision, images, and experiences through an updated blog site.

Blog Intentions

My intent for this blog is threefold: (1) share the story behind a photo or series of photos, (2) share my artistic inspirations — fellow photographers and artists, helpful links, or whatever else that inspires me to further my creative motivation, and (3) share some tips and tricks I use as part of my photographic endeavors.

I’ve noticed, too often, that photography sites tend to dive directly into a technical discussion (techniques, tools, gear, etc.)  at the expense of the artistic impact of the image on the viewer or the photographer’s vision behind the image.

So as you view a photo, notice where your eyes travel, does the photo stir up an emotion within you, does the photo create a story for you, does one of your memories get stimulated from the photos,  etc.  Share what you discovered as you viewed the image – this provides a means to have a conversation and learn from each other.


  1. Practice the ‘Golden Rule(s)’ and I’m not talking about photography’s composition rule.
  2. Be constructive.  My mother used to say “If you can’t say anything nice than don’t say anything.”  It is okay to say nothing.  Destructive comments will be delete.
  3. Be respectful.
  4. Seek to understand.
  5. Avoid technical critique.  I’m sure there are millions of ways a photo shoulda, woulda, coulda been improved.  The web is full of wonderful sites that can explain “how to,” “with what,” and “where to” information and on occasion, I’ll point you to a few that I’ve found helpful.