Thank you for visiting the web site of Jack Curran Photography.
You will find fine art black and white landscape photography with depth and intensity derived from the natural landscape.
I started the journey into nature when I attended an Outward Bound month-long wilderness course at 16.
Not only did I learn to deal with the internal struggles of youth, I also learned to respect and appreciate the power and beauty of nature.
A year later at 17, I discovered photography. My best friend Jamie Griesedieck, also an Outward Bound graduate had this no name Kalimar SLR camera that I thought was the coolest thing ever. I had to have one. I badgered my parents every day for six months until they finally relented with the same camera for Christmas. Little did I realize at the time that the combination of that cheap little camera and my love for the outdoors would lead to a life-long passion for landscape photography!
Needless to say, photography continues to be a wonderful journey. It began with an “Introduction to Photography” course my freshman year in college and moved forward through the kind words from Bob Kolbrener who studied and taught with Ansel Adams in Yosemite. Eventually, I ventured into the commercial world, shooting fashion and tabletop professionally and ultimately winning several national advertising awards. Today the art and creative expression of photography is personally more fulfilling than ever.
A friend recently told me (as he was quoting another photographer), if you want to create better photographs, stand in front of better subjects!
I smiled at this simple but true statement. I wish it were that simple for me. I have to work hard at controlling the variables that can be controlled. For me, it takes thoughtful planning to make sure I put myself in the right place at the right time. Of course, a little serendipity mixed with vision helps.
After close to 40 years of tinkering with the camera, I think I am finally starting to get it. A perfect example would be the Botanical series represented in Portfolio I. While I have been making photographs at the Missouri Botanical Gardens since my twenties, it took me years to avoid being overpowered by the lush green tropical plants and see that these same plants can be transformed to their simplest and expressive abstract form - black and white defined by highlights and shadows.
I’ve used this simple approach throughout my photography, whether mountains, skies, waterfall, slot canyons, flowers or abstracts.
Today, I continue to look through the camera with an eye toward discovery. It is this discovery that I hope translates to you through my photographs.
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