The Year of the Sheep {or Goat}


Happy Chinese New Year 2015! Time to celebrate the Year of the Sheep! Or is it The Year of the Goat? More on that later.

Announcing my new fine-art website,, where I’m known as a “Animal Fame Maker.” At least sheep, goats, and a few rams.

I’m still the same Minneapolis wedding photographer and my current blogsite will continue to serve as the hub for my wedding and portrait work. However, I’ve decided to give my fine-art gallery work a life of it’s own. This new site will feature my on-going series of personal work called {Geo}Graphical Animal Portraits where I focus on sheep, goats, and rams.

According to Chinese zodiac, 2015 is the Year of the Sheep. Or is it a goat or ram? Turns out, it’s up for debate. “Yang” is apart of the written Chinese character “xiang” could be used to describe a sheep, goat, or even ram depending on geography. In Tibet and Korea, it’s a sheep whereas in Vietnam and France, a goat.

To celebrates this zodiac symbol and occasion, my gallery exhibition is on display at the Kaddatz Gallery in Fergus Falls through April 1, 2015. There will be a reception and artist’s talk on Thursday, March 12th, 4-7pm. I’m super excited, as this is my first solo exhibition in a real art gallery!

17 framed, limited-edition signed prints ranging from $1,000 to $2,500 will hang together for the first time. The images are up to 4’ x 6’ framed (image size 59” x 39”) and many are float-mounted like my work sold in the Newvember show at the Ecce Gallery. All of the images images were shot on my PhaseOne medium format camera and many of them used studio lighting in the field. Read more about the work here.

A glimpse of images in the gallery exhibition:

2 Responses to “The Year of the Sheep {or Goat}”

  1. Jean Blondeau — March 15, 2015 @ 9:09 am (#)

    Your talk and photography at the Kaddatz in Fergus Falls on March 12th was great. It was so much fun for everyone and so good to meet you.
    Loved seeing all your photography on your website. I told my son, Alex about you– you have a lot in common with him. I even watched Walter Mitty again last night–the music is great in it too!
    Have a good rest of the weekend and say hi to your wife and Olaf.

  2. Carol rabin — July 18, 2015 @ 9:59 am (#)

    Dear mr. Kern,
    I love your photographs and would like to see more of the landscapes with animals.
    I live in nY but my family is from St.Paul and Fargo.
    Please. Email me more of your beautiful animal with landscapes photos and please tell the sizes.
    Thank you again for incredible artistic work.
    carol Rabin

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