Jay Wesler is a fine art photographer who specializes in western landscape and nostalgic cityscape imagery. His passion has taken him across the country in the pursuit of interesting light and advancing his knowledge of the photographic medium. The photographs have been represented in several fine art publications and galleries. Many of the photographs follow a minimalist style, with high contrast printing.
Born in Kalamazoo, MI 1976 and raised in Livingston, MT, Jay Wesler has constancy in his passion for photography. The majestic beauty of the Montana landscape provided many casual photos during his early work. In 1995 he enrolled into the film school at the University of Utah, and then transferred to Columbia College Chicago in 1996. During his time in Chicago he acquired a great many skills from professional photographers and teachers. Many of the school projects concentrated on mastering classic black and white photography techniques while developing unique approaches to minimalistic styling.
After graduating Columbia College Chicago in 2000, Jay remained in Chicago and concentrated on commercial photography. Many projects from 2000 to 2003 focused on publications and advertising for restaurants, art books, city magazines, and documentation. In 2003 Jay moved back to Livingston, MT to focus on landscape photography, also traveling to nearby states and occasionally visiting major metropolitan areas.
Jay Wesler continues to live in Livingston and photograph the western landscape. Recent highlights include a feature article in Outdoor Photographer magazine.
The environment resonates with emotions and familiar substance. Capturing uncommon moments of time and interpreting visual harmonies has profound meaning. I present photographs that document the infinite play of light and subject, grasping to further evoke our native connection between soul and environment.
Nature's substance and unique form will often produce a formidable visual balance. Composing a scene will take many passes, often reoccurring on weather changes or a particular seasonal feature and always dependent on the mood of light. Simplifying a subject with high contrast techniques and thoughtful pre-visualization reflects the emanation of powerful scenery.
The growth of my work will continue to exhibit the disposition of our natural element. Developing motifs which engage attention and present distinct qualities will be my pursuit. Whether it is landscape or cityscape, scenes will always be documented and provided with soulful interpretation.
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