Sunday, December 6, 2015

THE GIFT OF ART

Fine photography can be expressive, original, creative and personal. To choose a gift of art celebrates relationships; it is intimate and as bold as the art itself. The carefully chosen gift of art is always understood to be a treasured gift that expresses personal taste as well as the relationship it honors.These signed, limited edition photographs are available now at a special price.and ready to ship! If you haven't ordered yet, be sure to do so soon!
Contact me at jaeimages@gmail.com to order.



      And Winter Comes      12x24 mounted and matted to 18 x30    $150.00


The Red Barn    11x17 mounted and matted to 18 x 24    $100.00


The Horse Barn    11x17 mounted and matted to 18 x 24    $100.00



  Speakman Covered Bridge   11x17 mounted and matted to 18x24    $100.00



The Farm at Valley Forge   16x20 mounted and matted to 22x28    $150.00



Cape Cod    11x17 mounted and matted to 18 x 24    $100.00


  
          American Sculler    16x20 mounted and matted to 22x28    $150.00



Philly Skyline    11x17 mounted and matted to 18 x 24    $100.00


The Capitol Columns   11x17 mounted and matted to 18 x 24    $100.00


In this remarkable era of technology, my photographs are created by hand, one at a time, by me, in the studio, using a labor-intensive process, so you are getting a handcrafted print that matches what I envisioned when the image was captured. The images are produced using the highest quality Epson professional papers available for fine art printing and the results are rich in stunning detail and image quality. Epson's paper surfaces have deeper black tones and richer colors than any other paper. Estimated display life is 75-100 years before noticeable change.

After printing I leave a one-inch border around the edge of the image and each piece is signed and numbered, insuring its identity and future value. Included with the print is a certificate of authenticity.
Contact me at jaeimages@gmail.com to order.



Saturday, October 24, 2015

As Frank Sinatra said "It's been a very good year"

I’ve given a lot of thought to the good people that have come into my booth these last six months to look at my work. Some of my images reach out and grab them by the heartstrings, or remind them of a life-changing event. Some of my images conjure up peaceful feelings in the viewer. And sometimes they are looking at a photograph for reasons they can't even fathom. They stare at a piece not knowing for sure why they're staring at it. Some see an image that perks their interest because it reminds them of a place they might have been with a loved one in the past. “Of course, I don’t mind if you look around”, I say. Sometimes they purchase a piece without even thinking about it: an impulse buy on a perfect afternoon. The memories so thick they have to brush them away from their faces. The one constant through all the years is art is a part of our past, it reminds us of all that once was good and could be again.
It’s been a successful year by many standards and show apps are already coming due for the 2016 season and to top it off, I’ve won a few awards along the way;

  •   My photograph of Santa Rosa de Lima, Abiquiu, New Mexico has been awarded  the first place prize in the 2015 "Art of the State" competition at The State Museum of Pennsylvania
  •     First Place Prize - Bel Air Md. Festival of the Arts.
  •    My photograph “Oneida Falls” was chosen by the National Park Service for their calendar.
  •     My images and text on Elakala Falls was published by Outdoor Photography magazine.

I photograph for a living. I’ve been shooting to make ends meet since I left school. It is my way of surviving, of earning a living and of navigating this world. It is my way of bringing something to the table, contributing what I believe is the best thing I have to offer for others to enjoy. I am  in the business of storytelling. I always have been, always will be. Telling stories with pictures, bringing life to characters,  visualizing scenes and staging sequences of events, all with images that tell a story. All in exchange for a penny, a smile and a little of your time and attention.
I think that’s it. At least those are the ones that come to mind. Thank you judges, jurors, and clients.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Helianthus Annuus

As the full summer sun began its descent to fall, the towering sunflowers that grew from the sunflower seed I put out for the birds, gloried in the heat, soon to bow their swollen heads to the Earth.

The Common Sunflower has a long history of association with people.   Nearly 3,000 years ago it was domesticated for food production by the Native Americans.  It was only through careful selection for the largest size seeds over hundreds of years that the cultivated sunflower was produced. It was brought back to the Old World by the early European explorers and widely cultivated there also. 

Even with all its majestic grandeur, the Sunflower is not exempt from the law of gravity. As the disk florets ripen, Sunflower heads bulge with hundreds of seeds, and the top-heavy weight becomes too much for the stalk to bear. In a gesture of surrender, the Sunflower bends with its weight into the bosom of the Earth, bearing its prodigious gift of seeds for the future (and for our bird friends!).








Next time you munch down on some sunflower seeds, thank the many generations of Native Americans whose careful husbandry gave us this valuable food item.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

The White Queen of Mystery



Some say Queen Anne’s Lace was named for Anne, Mother of Mary, Grandmother of Jesus. Others say that she was growing in royal gardens when Queen Anne became bride to James the first. Queen Anne was an accomplished lace maker. She challenged her ladies in waiting to a contest, to see who could make lace as beautiful as a flower. The Queen won the contest and the flower won her name.



There is a simultaneous array of stages of blossoming; from buds, to wide open flat flower, to umbrella shaped flowers, to flowers closing up and making a tight nest-like shape where seeds are forming. 



When her blossoms are just beginning to open, they may have a pale pink tinge. 



Her wide white flowers are actually a collection of many flowers, each growing on a stem that radiates out in a starburst pattern.



Queen Anne’s Lace offers sacred geometry, interconnectedness and pathways to use in our approach toward the infinite; and the same pathways lead back to the exquisite structure of her presence in our lives in the airy warmth of summertime.