Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Jeff G. Stephens Photography Gallery Show at Cite des Arts

Stay up to date with everything on Book Worm & More by Subscribing to our Email.

What: Jeff G. Stephens Photography Gallery Show
When: August 9th, 5:30-7:30pm Artwalk opening, display through the month of August
Where: Cite des Arts, 109 Vine Street Downtown Lafayette off of Jefferson Street

Jeff G. Stephens is a photographer born and raised outside of Alexandria, Louisiana. He got his first camera at around ten years of age and learned to take basic photos using a variety of the small 110 and automatic 35mm film cameras of the 1980s and early 1990s. One of his main dreams and interests from an early age was to learn film and video production, but cameras and editing equipment weren’t available to the average rural Louisiana kid in those days, long before relatively affordable and accessible digital video had hit the scene.

After taking his first 35mm black and white photography class in college, he decided to make the jump to video and film and eventually made his way to the film program at the University of New Orleans. Serious health issues and Hurricane Katrina disrupted his life and work in New Orleans, and he found himself back in rural central Louisiana starting over from scratch. His video and editing gear had been ruined in the New Orleans flood, and central Louisiana was not the hub for film, video, and television production that New Orleans was.

Away from the film industry and needing a creative outlet, the arrival of quality digital cameras and the tools of the digital darkroom rekindled his interest in photography. His interest and passion grew, and around 2013, he began to see fine art photography as more than just a hobby. Still photography is where his heart lies now, due to the level of control and individual artistic freedom that he didn’t feel was possible in the film and video industry. He finally began showing and selling his work and entering national exhibitions at the end of 2013 and has lived and breathed photography every day since. Always learning, improving, and creatively experimenting, his current interests are landscape, urban landscape, long-exposure nightscapes, and astrophotography. Creative experimentation has recently led him to the relatively new artistic technique of photo encaustic - the application of encaustic medium (beeswax and damar resin) over printed photos in order to add texture and create a more artistic feel, transforming a photo into a one of a kind piece of art.

Image Credit: Cite des Arts


No comments:

Post a Comment