I remember distinctly when my love of photography became an enduring passion. I was in the fourth grade with my Brownie camera during a field trip to a California Mission. Capturing those pictures on film, taking it to the drugstore and two weeks later, picking up twelve blurry black and white photos with ragged edges was thrilling. Retired in 2009 after 18 years of self-employment, photography continues to fascinate me. It has helped me define who I am today. Photography is what drives me to seek adventures near and far.
Although never formally trained, I have always been involved with photography in one form or another. Transitioning from my own darkroom in high school, I joined the Idaho Statesman newspaper photography staff, and also worked in custom color printing labs both in Idaho and California. Later on I became a Certified Photographic Counselor through PMA and manager of Wentling’s Camera in Walnut Creek, CA while raising my two daughters. During this time, I also taught photography classes and conducted photo field trips. In 2012, I had my first solo gallery showing at Viewpoint Photographic Gallery in Sacramento, CA and continue to show my work in various galleries and venues in Northern California. I’ve presented a variety of photographic programs to local clubs in the Northern California area and received numerous awards through competitions and juried shows.
I am also a member of the Sierra Camera Club of Sacramento and Chairman of the North American International Exhibition. I currently judge for local and international competitions.
My own images tend to reflect a long association with classic and traditional compositions, having adopted a 'less is more’ vision. I try to incorporate this philosophy into practically everything I shoot. Searching for the essence of the subject, or that ephemeral quality that is not always obvious, is what I strive to capture; and in doing so, to create that connection with the viewer that touches them emotionally.
Contact information and examples of my photographic portfolios can be seen at www.janlightfoot.com