Featured Artist – Jeneen Hobby

17 Aug

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Jeneen Hobby – I first began to study photography seriously in 2003, after having experimented with a Pentax K-1000 and darkroom experience in college. In 2003 I traveled to Yellowstone National Park to study with Sandra Nykerk. Since then I have studied with Sam Abell, Tim Cooper, Doug Johnson, Jim Roetzel, Eddie Soloway, Brenda Tharp, and Larry Ulrich, in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, and Santa Fe.

My interest in photography began with the study of nature. The beauty, grandeur, and complexity of life on this planet are my subjects. From the grand vistas of the Rocky Mountains to the rocky coastline of Maine, I have been enthralled by the majesty of nature. But I am as captivated by a small detail as I am by a sweeping landscape. Indeed, you may see in some of my images an interest in exploring the patterns nature makes in an abstract way, from a close-up of the bark of a Rainbow Eucalyptus tree in south Florida, to a reflection of the Everett Covered Bridge and autumn leaves in Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

But my love for photography extends also to humanity and what it has created. In addition to spending time in many places in the United States, I have traveled extensively to many countries in Europe, including Russia and Norway most recently; and to Asia and the Middle East—from China, India, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, and Laos, to Yemen and Dubai. On these journeys I aim to capture the essence of a place, which can occur in the smile of a novice monk on the Tibetan Plateau; or in the art and architecture of an ancient civilization, such as when the Cambodian jungle overtakes the Angkor complex, or when the sun warms the top of a 400-year old “skyscraper” in Sana’a, Yemen.

My most recent body of work comes from mid-coast Maine, where I have spent time since I was 10 years old. In revisiting familiar places to photograph them, I always discover something new. Sunrise on Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park yielded new views, as did a small cove by an island where my great-grandparents settled when they came from Sweden. It’s the magic of “writing with light” that I continue to explore.

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