February 2012


A few days back, I attended the gallery talk at Glave Kocen Gallery.  The current show is the “Click II” photography exhibition, of which I have the honor of being a part.  For some reason, BJ Kocen has been very supportive of my fine art photography;  he is an enthusiastic, positive person, and I am grateful to have him behind me.  In fact, there is much wonderful photography talent in this town, and to be included in such a show as this is humbling, and I thank BJ as well as Scott Elmquist and Travis Fullerton, the other curators of the show.

I wanted to demonstrate my gratitude and support, and plus had a genuine interest in seeing what transpired at the gallery talk, and so made my way to the gallery on a sunny Saturday morning.  With about 20 folks in attendance, the discussion meandered from processes of and inspirations behind specific pieces in the show, to more general principles of photography.

A young lady brought up the invasion of the world of photography by the “Instagram” and iPhone culture, and queried as to what may differentiate the snapshooter from the fine art photographer.  It is an important question I think many of us are struggling with.  Talent was mentioned, but then quickly apologized for, as it is a bit of a rote answer.  Someone in the group mentioned that Intent was a distinguishing factor- with that I agree, as the impetus behind image making is crucial to the process.  Later in the discussion, after seeing a particularly striking portrait made by Scott Elmquist, I brought up Intimacy as an element that contributes to the value of a photo as fine art.  I feel it is worth remembering that detailed examination requires intimacy, and that it is possible to become intimate with not only the person on the other side of your lens, but also the broad and distant landscape, the weathered and crumbling ivy covered house, or the elephant ear leaf brought into the studio.  In fact, to properly perform our duties and shed our own light on the subject, it is imperative.

Elephant Ear, ©Jeff S. Saxman.

For the second year now, I was on hand to witness the good-natured wet and wild wackiness known as the Special Olympics Virginia Polar Plunge at Virginia Beach.  Over the course of the weekend, somewhere around 11,000 people braved the cold and jumped into the icy Atlantic, and raised money for a worthy cause in the process.  If you’ve not been, it is worth the trip…

Thankfully, we have been busy at Saxman Photography the past few months, and we are especially grateful when we have the pleasure of working with wonderful people.  Food photography is a significant part of what we do here, and we recently captured some nice images of some lovely dishes, styled by the amazing Cathy Hinton, for C.F. Sauer’s.  We don’t always get the opportunity to see our work as a finished product (unless we happen upon it on a retail shelf), but these came to us with a request to shoot the packaging itself.  Needless to say, we were pleased with what we saw…

All photos © Jeff S. Saxman. No reproduction in any media without prior written consent.

And, the original full frame (more or less) photos:

All photos © Jeff S. Saxman. No reproduction in any media without prior written consent.