In 2014, while continuing to get reacquainted with my passion for photography, I had the opportunity to explore the "Human Landscape" via workshops offered by Karin Rosenthal. These images represent what my mind was finding and creating in the differing landscapes of Cape Cod and Vermont.
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 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 winning photos in a book, Jim submitted Vegetarian Nude to the Boston Globe's photography contest. t 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.
Jim did not set out to make images that convey sadness, isolation or abuse, but some viewers sense those emotions in what was, originally, intended to be a study of interesting shapes.
These two images still invite surprise, wonder and conversation, today.
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 his iPhone 4s, (he started-out with an iPhone 3G,) Jim 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 passion for photography - and his ability to elevate the ordinary with this simple tool.