My Story

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I wish I had spent more time practicing my writing skills! No doubt I should hire an excellent storyteller writer to help me write a snappy introduction :-). But here we go! I need to personally tell you about my passion for black and white landscape photography. If you want to go right to my thoughts on photography, just skip right to the bottom half of the page. Just kidding of course!

At 16, my parents were very worried about the destructive path I was on and quickly took action. BOOM! I'm on on my way to Outward Bound. And here I thought I was this hip, cool kid everyone liked. In reality, my self-esteem was nonexistent and  the only thing I really cared about myself. It's 11:30 PM at Outward Bound and the next thing I know I’m jumping out of the bus at with eight other guys from all over the country into a canoe during a thunderstorm not knowing what the hell I was in for. Holy crap, that was just the first night, I had no idea what I was in for! Of course, the next twenty-seven days were pure bliss. Kidding of course! The reality was extremely that OB was challenging and I had some very tough thought provoking inner looking moments, that broke me down. Of course, I was supposed to come back with a new outlook on life. I did, but I still had several important issues to overcome. I slowly started back on a similar path as before, remaining self-centered, selfish and headed on a collision course that would have potentially severe circumstances unless I made some crucial changes. At 18, after a couple of years of trials and tribulations, I hit bottom and decided to change my life and start a new journey.

I know, can you get to the photography part already? I’m getting there, I promise.

Outward Bound did accomplish several essential things I will always be grateful for; it was the catalyst for my deep-seated, passionate love and respect for the healing abilities of the outdoors and our planet. I began to understand the concept of gratitude, respecting others, what it means to work together with people as a team, and most importantly that our planet is one of the most important forces that connect us all. Regardless of where in the world we come from we all share the equivalent planet.

Just one month after my 19th Birthday, in 1977, I enrolled in a college course, “Introduction to Black and White Photography 101”. Cool, I can get a comfortable A! I was mildly interested in photography until the moment that first print magically appeared in the developing tray. At that moment everything changed. Exploring through the lens, developing my film and watching the magic of a black and white print come to life in the developer was transformative. I knew immediately I could do this the rest of my life. My instructor recognized this spark and pushed me hard! Soon I was reading about and looking at images from all the great black and white master photographers, Ansel Adams, Edward and Brett Weston, Alfred Stieglitz and many more. I quickly saw the connection and opportunity to combine my love of the outdoors with this new passion for photography. I tried color photography, but it just didn’t feel right for me. I didn’t love it. I can’t explain it, but I just think in black and white. I see it everywhere.

I can’t even begin to tell you how many just terrible photographs I’ve taken. Thousands for sure! I look back and realize that learning to SEE was not something that came naturally. I had to think about the flow of light, the impact of composition, and creating images that were personally and emotionally rewarding. While I see in black and white, it took me quite a while to honestly feel connected and create expressive photographs.

Today, I hope that the photographs I create will evoke the sense of gratitude and respect I have for our planet. I hope that my pictures will evoke your passion points and appreciation for our world. I look forward to sharing my photographs and what I’ve learned. I look forward to having enduring, informative and collaborative conversations with you. I’m looking forward to donating more of my images to important causes that help our planet, the less fortunate and those in need. I have been fortunate for many years and remain grateful to all that have encouraged me on this journey!

Let's travel on this journey together!

Jack Curran

 

 

Hi Jack,
I just discovered your website and awesome photography a short time ago. And by short time ago, I mean about 1/2 hours ago. Even though I don't believe you were the person I was searching for, I'm glad that stumbled over to your site.
I had purchased a book entitled-Camera & Lens by Ansel Adams' on on the inside was written "John P. Curran, 75" . I get curious about signed names in books and, in one case, when the name was labeled on a Speed Graphic camera I purchased at a thrift store.
When I found your website and saw such beautiful b&w images, I thought, "Wow!" This might be the previous owner of the book. Until I realized your name is "Jack" not "John". lol.
Any, I'm still glad I found your website!
Have a great day!
Scott
Lovely work!!
What a wonderful selection of monochrome images! Your lovely little book was very much enjoyed in both photograph & commentary.

I am a reasonably good photographer. My favourite photo subjects are seascapes, mountains & sunsets and your images have sparked my thoughts. I do like monochrome myself for seascapes & mountains but colour for sunsets (and sunrise if I'm up!).

I've added my name to your newsletter and wonder if you might send me a copy of your current issue.

All the best,

Tony Harratt
I love landscape, and black and white. Your use of light, shadow, and composition is incredible. Love your photos. I am inspired! Thank you.
Hey buddy, I finally made it to your website by pointing my brother in law in this direction. I only got to the 6th of the 29 in your Mountain folder, then I had to stop because my brain was exploding with stark and magnificent beauty.
btw, way to bring home Gold from the other Aurora!

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