About The Artist




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My Name is JonathaN Skurnik

I shot these photos in cities around the world, including Los Angeles, New York, Portland, Seattle, Raleigh/Durham, Istanbul, Venice, Torino, Florence and Sardinia. My eye is attracted to the ways in which shape, color and form unintentionally cohere into interesting compositions. I capture these beautiful accidents, then work with the color inherent in the image to enhance its impact and delight. My subjects are formed by human intervention, weather, erosion and light, and as a result they are constantly in flux. After the moment I capture the images, these dynamic forces will continue to alter and sometimes eradicate what I'm shooting, a process of ephemerality that is in some ways similar to the moments I capture as a documentary filmmaker.

In addition to my photography practice, I make Installations and work in other visual media. I am also a documentary film director and film professor.

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Inspiration

My abstract photography practice is a natural outgrowth of my passion for abstract painting and my documentary filmmaking practice. I am fascinated by the processes of layering and erosion in the urban landscape. Like an archeologist of the present moment, I document the ephemera of our precarious and accidentally exquisite civilization.

Techniques

When a famous photographer was once asked by a student what was the best camera to use, the photographer responded, the camera you have with you. While I own and sometimes shoot with my high-end, multi-megapixel Panasonic, the camera I usually have is the phone in my pocket. I work with composition, light and color in Adobe Lightroom on a color calibrated monitor and print with a Canon printer using archival inks and specialized papers from Canson and Hahnemühle.

career highlights

I'm a graduate of Dartmouth College and am an adjunct professor at Chapman University. My work has shown in galleries in New York City, Martha's Vineyard and Los Angeles.

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