The Shape of Water, featuring fine art photographs by Bruce Jackson, opens at Tumalo Art Co. August 6, from 3-7 pm during the Old Mill District’s First Friday Art Walk. Whether abundant, or mysteriously absent, Jackson invites you to look below the surface and imagine the role water plays in shaping the subject matter of each photograph. Most of us relate to water as an essential element for survival, rarely considering how water effects nearly everything we encounter in life. Bruce Jackson invites you to witness water in a whole new context.
Since his iconic photographs and subsequent sold-out posters of Mt. Bachelor and Mt. Hood over 25 years ago, Bruce’s finely tuned eye for the eloquence of nature, coupled with his patient, has made him one of Oregon’s most celebrated photographers. From nature’s abstractions to the grand landscape in all of its majesty, he focuses on the precise moment to capture the essence of his subjects. Jackson’s numerous awards include, Grand Prize in the Sierra Club Photography Competition.
As a landscape photographer, Jackson’s creative process often differs from artists who practice other mediums. Impeccable timing is essential. And like all artists, feeling love for his subjects is key.
Jackson’s process begins with researching subjects he is drawn to, and finding locations that offer the most beautiful opportunities possible. He then determines the best time of year to photograph his subjects at the peak of expression. When the optimum time is close, he explores the area to study the lay of the land…how the light falls at different times of day, and even the native vegetation. The goal of scouting early, is to plan exactly when to return for the best conditions. “Being late is the worst possible feeling. At that point, I have to wait another year to try again”, says Jackson.
By the time he arrives to photograph, his attention has shifted from logical planning to simply being. “I let go of expectations, and simply open to what’s possible. Perspective garnered through years of practice, allows me to photograph by feel.”
Unless he has predetermined a composition, Jackson’s process becomes a moving meditation. “The less encumbered I am, the better. I often stash my gear out of the way, and simply witness everything around me. The less I think about photographing, the sooner I begin seeing things that pique my interest.”
Being in this flow eventually leads to discovering an amazing subject, fluidly creating a stunning composition, and successfully capturing the scene on large format film. “Creating art in this way, is the best feeling ever,” says Jackson.
Using a large format wooden field camera, which provides stunning image quality, Jackson exposes 4″x5″ Fuji film. This combo results in prints that possess extreme detail and finely nuanced color fidelity. Using the large format camera naturally turns creativity into a slower, more meditative process, inviting him to look more closely at the natural world.
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“When creating images, my intent is to provide pathways by which you and I enter the natural world, and experience the beauty, sacredness and wonder that lies within both Nature, and ourselves.When we approach the natural world with reverence, we align with the truth that each of us is literally a part of the Earth. We begin to experience the deeper feelings of wholeness, balance and communion that we all desire. This is the gift of Nature. This is the gift I share with you.”
Limited edition photographs of the beautiful Oregon outdoors and landscapes by photographer Bruce Jackson available at Tumalo Art Co.
Link to www.brucejackson.com