The photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson said it is an illusion that photos are made with the camera. A photograph, he said, is created through a “joint operation of the brain, the eye, and the heart.”
Painters and photographers have always tried to deal with how a three-dimensional situation gets represented on a two-dimensional surface. I am influenced by the painters Paul Cézanne and Vincent van Gogh, who used unusual angles of vision and bold color to structure how they represented reality. Cézanne said we have two eyes, that each see differently, so we can see things from more than one point of view at once. We can see things from above, or from the front, or from the side, at the same time.
The world is movement. Photography freezes moments in time, isolates them from an everchanging present. A picture of great energy can result. I am interested in photographing the world from different perspectives. My compositional sense is rooted in spatial terms. When I shoot, I physically place my body before the scene or object very deliberately. By standing in a certain way, lying down, shooting from above, or shooting from below, I ground the viewer in my image spatially. The viewer is physically oriented towards the subject from my perspective. I put the viewer “in” the image, dwelling within it, not seeing it from afar. My goal is to bring the viewer so close, that they enter the frame. Such an orientation represents power in my images. It means I may cause you to see something in a way you’ve never seen it before, by throwing you off balance. If a scene made my heart race, stopped me in my tracks, I hope your heart will race, you will be stopped in your tracks.
I care about the world, about nature, about people. I want you to care as well. Ansel Adams thought mood and emotion were essential to the human relationship to wildness. He talked about “intangible” qualities of nature. He wanted people to have a complex response to nature. Adams said photography has a unique ability to creatively express profound spiritual sentiments. He thought beauty was indistinguishable from truth, and from the good.
I like to tell the truth with my images. I want my photographs to express transparency, openness, forthrightness, clarity of vision, honesty, directness, optimism, and grandeur. I wish for an unadorned depiction of reality, celebrating reality for what it is—hugely simple and complex at the same time. I want to make a connection with my viewers. Through connection, we become more humane. Photography is a democratic art form for a democratic spirit. I aim to convey these values through my art. Jeneen Hobby
Fine Art Festival 2021 schedule, tentative
June 25-27 The Crosby Festival of the Arts, Toledo Botanical Garden
July 9-11 Cain Park Arts Festival, Cleveland Heights
July 17 Willoughby ArtsFest, Willoughby
July 18 Medina County Art in the Park, Medina
July 24-25 Akron Arts Expo, Hardesty Park, Akron
August 7 Lakewood Arts Festival, Lakewood
September 10-12 Black Swamp Arts Festival, Bowling Green
September 18-19 Tremont Arts and Cultural Festival, Cleveland
October 7-10 Ohio Mart, Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens, Akron
December 3-5 Winterfair, Ohio Expo Center, Columbus