TOM JACOBS

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"I am more concerned with portraying an interpretation rather than a literal representation of what I see before me." -Valda Bailey

 

When I discovered the photographic art of Valda Bailey my sense of what I could do with photography was completely changed. Although my art is significantly different than hers, I was led down the path of multiple exposures, camera movement, and blending modes mostly done in camera Using my camera, I create art of hues, textures and rhythms in the world around us rather than the literal portrayal typically captured by a camera. The images suggest, rather than tell. They blend what the eye sees into a new vision outside the boundaries of reality.

I am inspired as much by painters such as Monet, Picasso, and Degas as I am by other great photographers.  My art includes images of the “old world” and the sea. 

 

I am fortunate to have the Pacific Ocean and redwood forests in my own “back yard,” allowing me all the time necessary to capture the perfect light, colors and shapes. My home near Santa Cruz offers endless opportunities for creating art.

 

My work has been exhibited and sold in many local venues and at higher-end juried art fairs. My background in computer software contributes to the technical skills I apply to my photography. My creative side is nourished by my lifelong talent as a guitarist. I am a member of the Carmel Center for Photographic Arts and Monterey County ImageMakers.