About me - rjesse

About Me

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I first became interested in photography in the 1970s while just out of the Marines. I would practice working with shutter speed, aperture, and film speed while lying in bed taking pictures of my feet, [the photos stunk]. When my career as a crane operator in the construction industry and other life’s responsibilities overwhelmed my desire to be a freelance photographer, I put the old Pentax and the dream of being a photographer on the shelf, where it stayed until the early 2000s when I started dreaming about photography and the part it could play in my retirement.

Starting in 2009 after retirement I started knocking the cobwebs and dust off the knowledge I learned from my feet shots by studying at the Indianapolis Art Center, New York Institute of Photography, attending NANPA summits in New Mexico and Texas, and workshops in Michigan and Indianapolis.

What I love most about shooting nature photographs is that nature is totally in charge of what you photograph. You can plan on shooting birds and end up with alligators, or looking for wildflowers and end up with a thunder storm. I am drawn to the vast range of colors in nature from the bright bold colors of fall to the soft pastels of a sun rise. I like to photograph small sections of a scene that are often overlooked because of the beauty of the larger scene.

I have had work displayed at Arts Garden, Indianapolis, The Art Sanctuary, Martinsville IN, The Lubeznik Center for the Arts, Michigan City, IN, The Honeywell Center, Wabash In, and Crazy Lakes Gallery, Greenfield. I have also won awards from Images of Nature, Eagle Creek Park, Indianapolis In, Indiana Wildlife Artist shows, Indiana State Fair, and Muscatatuck NWR, Seymour IN.


"Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work"

Frank Lloyd Wright


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