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Jeneen Hobby

I am influenced by Paul Cézanne and Vincent van Gogh, painters who used unusual angles of vision and bold color to structure how they represented reality. Cézanne said we have two eyes, that each see differently, so we can see things from more than one point of view at once. I am interested in photographing the world from different perspectives. My compositional sense is rooted in spatial terms. I put the viewer “in” the image, dwelling within it, not seeing it from afar. My goal is to bring the viewer so close, that they enter the frame. Such an orientation represents power in my images. It means I may cause you to see something in a way you’ve never seen it before, by throwing you off balance. If a scene made my heart race, stopped me in my tracks, I hope your heart will race, you will be stopped in your tracks.

I like to tell the truth with my images. I want my photographs to express transparency, openness, forthrightness, clarity of vision, honesty, directness, optimism, and grandeur. I wish for an unadorned depiction of reality, celebrating reality for what it is—hugely simple and complex at the same time. I want to make a connection with my viewers. Through connection, we become more humane. Photography is a democratic art form for a democratic spirit. I aim to convey these values through my art. jeneenhobbyphotography.com

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