"Shedding Light"

by Jason Elkins
October 27 – December 12, 2014
Preus Library

Jason Elkins

Jason Elkins was born in Las Cruces, New Mexico in 1981. He was raised in Decorah and has lived in Michigan, Southern California, and Seattle, and has traveled throughout the American West. He now resides in Portland, Oregon. Elkins works predominantly in the medium of digital photography, but has also found creative outlets in graphic design, drawing and writing. His early interest in photography was inspired by the works of Dan Eldon, Robert Capa, Imogen Cunningham, and Mario Giacomelli.  It was also fostered by his mother and the use of her 1970's Olympus OM-10. Elkins feels he was most influenced by Dorothea Lange and some of the Farm Security Administration collection, specifically Lange's shots of farms in the late 1930s. Elkins’ work has previously been shown at the Decorah Chamber of Commerce and featured in the magazine, Inspire[d].

“The medium of photography allows me to interact not only with the source of any photograph— light—but with the unseen, to experience things of beauty that most of us don’t pay attention to. There is no static relationship with photography—it is in constant change. Every photo has myriad possibilities. When I am in the camera there is rarely time for comparison, expectations or judgment. Photography allows me to capture possibility. This is why I love photography.” -Jason Elkins

“There is no closed figure in nature. Every shape participates with another. No one thing is independent of another, and one thing rhymes with another, and light gives them shape.”
-Cartier-Bresson

Photographs in this exhibit are for sale.  Anyone interested in possible purchase should contact the artist at [email protected] or call 563-202-0196.

2014-2015 Jason Elkins