A central theme in my work is the earth, its infinite geologic processes and manifest forms, and how the species that inhabit this planet interact with it. By recording and sharing my images of such subject matter, I hope to encourage an emotional response through my art that communicates the inherent dignity and interconnectedness of all elements of the physical and biological world around us. From this viewpoint, I seek to show that the “boundaries” we humans often draw between natural and cultural landscapes are generally artificial ones, as our species is of and from the earth.
I am attracted to subjects that I can appreciate both literally via a lens of understanding from my training as a scientist and geologist, as well as figuratively, through the lens of my camera, as I explore the structure, tonalities, visual rhythms, mystery of form, and the play of light across a scene. By examining the elemental beauty of even the simplest subjects, we have the opportunity to increase our capacity to better acquaint ourselves with, and thus care about, the diversity of life with which we share this planet, and the physical environment that sustains us all.
Jim is based in West Texas, and welcomes your comments, questions, or expressions of interest in acquiring his prints or books. Prices start at $90 for open edition 8" x 10" archival prints. Please contact him at email@example.com.
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Image credits to Steve Goff
Midland College - Midland, TX (1995-2002)
Additional Coursework & Workshops
My love of photography has also translated to an appreciation for, and interest in, the broader history of the medium, and the artists practicing within it. I find constant inspiration through my study of not only the masters, but also lesser known and emerging artists, and thus consider it an important part of my continuing education as a photographer. This has led me to become an avid collector, having to date assembled over 1,200 images and nearly 1,000 photo books, representing one of the largest private fine-art photographic collections in the Southwest. While very broad in my interests, I am particularly drawn to the work of the 20th century masters who worked principally in black and white. I enjoy opportunities to share these works via loans in support of photographic exhibitions at various museums/organizations.
Professor Kent Moss
While I've had an interest in photography since grade school, it wasn't until I was in my early thirty's that I decided to become a serious student of the medium. I was very fortunate to have Kent as my teacher and guide for that initial seven year "journey" of instruction and inspiration that provided me with the foundation I continue to build upon to this day. Kent has that rare combination of fluency with the subject matter, an ability to clearly communicate that subject matter to his students in an engaging manner with humor, as well as his own artistic perspective and creativity which keeps things fresh and interesting. While he certainly can't be blamed for my short-comings as a photographer, he does deserve credit for any successes I might enjoy in image-making.
Thank you Kent! Teacher - Artist - Friend
And the List Continues . . .
John & Anne Sexton, John Paul Caponigro, Chip Forelli, Steve Goff, Alan Ross, Charles Cramer, Tony Bonanno, Mark Klett, Andrew Smith, and John Boland, among others, have all shared their knowledge and passion regarding various aspects of photography, and in their individual ways have influenced my path as an artist and collector. For that I am thankful.
I also appreciate my many Permian Basin photo buddies and other artists, for their camaraderie, feedback, support, and general good humor over the years!
Most importantly, I thank my lovely wife Stacy, for her love, support, and great eye.