As I continue to emerge, during this second year of exhibiting my work, I occasionally explore the "Human Landscape" via workshops offered by Karin Rosenthal. These images represent where my mind was going that weekend on Cape Cod - especially, after finding a unique natural element to work with.
What, at first glance, appears to be “a bronze sculpture... a person dipped in chocolate... a woman with a cabbage on her head,” moments later, becomes something more familiar.
Inspired by Edward Weston’s Pepper No. 30, Jim's Vegetarian Nude and Vegetarian Slumber are monochromatic photos of a red pepper and Brussels sprout. They were produced in 1994, with his father's Pentax camera and 400 ASA film, for a college 'Photo I' course assignment on abstracts. The “subject” was placed on an old shirt and lit with a single desk lamp.
Later that year, following the advice of a friend who had one of their photos win and get published in a previous year, Jim submitted Vegetarian Nude to the Boston Globe's photography contest. It did not place, but it was published, full size, in The Boston Sunday Globe, by columnist Mark Wilson. (August 14, 1994, p. A60)
Years later, it was remembered and revived via the Boston Globe's 'Ask the Globe' section.
Two funny stories exist regarding people finding out about these published moments. Ask Jim about them, sometime.
Now, more than ever, humans are communicating visually, with still pictures, animated GIFs and digital video, via social media apps and the pocket media machines they call "smart phones".
In early 2012, due to the advanced optics in Jim's iPhone 4s, (he started with an iPhone 3G,) he began to take Instagram photography seriously - including revisiting and re-envisioning his DSLR imagery from previous years. As the popularity of Instagram grew, so did Jim's old passion and his ability to compose appealing images within simple limitations.
Here, you will find examples of vibrant, strong and fun, square images suitable for homes, condos, offices, restaurants, kitchens, food courts, schools, cafeterias, break rooms, coffee shops, bars, delis, hospitals and other health, hospitality, catering and food services.