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Sharing beauty and history through photography
Upon hearing I'm a photographer, people of course first ask what it is I take pictures of. One day, instead of giving the brief rundown—old cars, old and often abandoned places, and generally beautiful things—the answer tumbled from my lips: "I shoot America." This not only piqued my listener's interest, but their asking me to elaborate on my answer left me feeling more relaxed in speaking with them and explaining not only what I photograph, but why I am so in love with crawling through tick-infested brush to get closer to an abandoned filling station or cottage, or why I am actually totally fine with lying on blacktop (in a dress, my uniform) to get the perfect view of a glamourous 1930s chrome grille. I had a new friend, and a new way of sharing with others what it is I do!
A lifelong history buff with a camera in her hands from a very early age—shutterbugs litter both sides of the family line going back to the very first widely-available camera!—it makes sense that I'm drawn to old buildings, both loved and abandoned; to old automobiles, both showroom-beautiful and rusty; to beauty of all kinds, both nature and man-made. Sharing the things I find through my photography gives me almost as much joy as discovering these wonderful places and objects...especially since not many of us can bring a Greek Revival home to stick in the backyard, and since (alas!) few of us can afford our own version of Jay Leno's garage...much less the insurance tab.
My actual photo shoots tend to begin early in the morning or during the early evening hours. Kit carefully stowed in the car, sipping coffee or tea, my husband and I hit the road in search of things that get my heart pounding and me squealing, "Stop the car, stop the car!": a gleaming Buick, a charming Main Street, a crumbling farmhouse, a neon sign, garden-framed porch steps leading to a home no longer here. To me, all of these things speak of our past and our present, and of their creators' hope for the future. They spark my interest and spur my imagination to wonder about their days and years; upon the joyful discovery that others felt the same way about such places, sharing my photographs to grace their homes, too, just made perfect sense.
I began selling my documentary photos in 2008. An illness keeps me from a traditional job, but photography has turned out to be a perfect outlet not only for my inborn creative streak, but something I can do that doesn't wear me out too much. Once the pictures are taken, they're uploaded to my much-loved senior-citizen laptop...and sit. They sit for a month or two, at which point I can go back through every photo, mercilessly culling the herd until only the best (and, okay, my favourite!) photos remain.
After cropping and editing to best show what I see—a process that can take several hours on a classic car photo, for instance, since I prefer to remove distractions like power lines and the reflections of myself and passers-by—the photo is considered 'done'. I usually don't do too much fancy-fying, to be honest; though many others do a marvellous job creating amazing dream worlds through their photos, I prefer only to remove the distractions from the point of my photographs; this probably stems from my philosophy of seeking for and sharing truth, beauty, and goodness. You might say I'm an optimistic realist; if one cannot see the fallenness, there is no real optimism to be had. Though I see the broken, beyond it I can also find hope.
Despite having an illness that leaves many unable to work at all, I find myself regularly travelling America's byways and back roads, a journey of discovery that draws me closer to history, to my ancestors, to a better understanding of their ideals and failures, and their dreams. Moreover, thanks to the internet, I'm able to share these things with others, knowing that my photographs are, if nothing else, bringing beauty and warmth to their own homes and everydays. And hey—if you see a woman with a camera who looks as if she just stepped out of the 1940s crawling around an old car in a dress, or stumbling through the mud near an abandoned gas station, do say hello. That woman is probably me!
Owner, Photographer, History Nerd
The green eyes behind every photograph here, Jen also does the packing & shipping while sipping tea and attempting not to fall up the stairs.
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White House Custom Color
MN, United States
I've trusted this family-owned lab with producing the prints of my photos for nearly ten years. They, too, love our forests & try to reduce paper use, use Minnesota air to cool their huge printers and probably love hockey as much as I do.
A professional photo lab takes care of my printing in order to assure the most consistent level of quality. Please be aware that the colour on the photos match my own carefully calibrated monitors, but due to differences in the way your monitor has been calibrated and differing light conditions, you may see different tones on screen than you receive on your print. I cannot be responsible for these differences, but do rest assured that no photograph is sent out without my carefully inspecting it first.
If you're interested in another size of a particular photo, including large-format prints, just send me a note! If the size you decide upon is not in stock, I'll order it immediately. Usually it arrives here within three to four business days, and after I take a look at and sign it, the photo will be mailed out to you. Just keep in mind that altogether, this usually takes roughly a week, not counting Sundays and holidays. I do not issue photo prints in different colour schemes.
Please note that when you buy a photograph, you are only buying the print of the image and not the copyright to or use of the image. All copyrights to the photograph remain with me. If you would like to license the image for publication or re-use in another fashion, you must contact me first.
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As few of my finished photographs are standard frame size, each of my photographic prints has a white border all the way around the image. This not only means you can buy a frame 'off the rack' if you do not want a custom frame, but the white border does protect the image itself from errant fingerprints or other unintentional damage.
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Since these photographs are my own interpretation of the sights as seen by me, I am sorry, but I generally will not make a colour photo black & white or vice-versa. Occasionally during post-production I'll be unable to decide which I like better and publish both, but while it does happen, it's not often, and the image I do release is not arbitrary, but the one I think best suits the subject and composition. Thanks for understanding this.