Jesse Ross Photography

Las Cruces, Coke Machine, 2013 - Contemporary fine art photography by Jesse Ross.

Las Cruces, Coke Machine, 2013 - Film, Archival pigment print on cotton, 18.5 x 28 in., (47 x 71 cm.), Ed. 1/1/AP

Why are these images blurry? The answer to this question has its roots in the first instances of fine art photography. In the earliest days of photography as now, the question was, can a photograph be art? At first, to prove that the photograph had the same expressionistic capabilities as painting, the dominant visual medium of the time, photographers such as were featured in the seminal photographic journal Camera Work creatively employed soft focus, (aka. blur), and darkroom techniques to emphasize emotional mood and atmosphere. The style is called Pictorialism.

Grass Shadows No. 3, 2009 - Contemporary fine art photography by Jesse Ross.

Grass Shadows No. 3, 2009, Black and White Photograph, Archival Pigment Print, 18.5 x 28 in., (47 x 71 cm.), Series of 3 Prints, Ed. 1/3/AP

Since these days photography has come to be accepted as a powerful artistic medium in its own right. In fact the original question of whether a photograph was simply a mechanical recording of an event, the argument which induced photographers to adopt a pictorialist method, has long been laid to rest. Some of the originators of the pictorialist style, such as Alfred Steiglitz, were the very ones who abondoned photographic adornment in favor of the straight scene to prove the art in the recording itself.

Blurred Roses No. 2, Sarajevo, 2005 -- Contemporary fine art photography by Jesse Ross.

Blurred Roses No. 3, Sarajevo, 2005, Color Photograph, Archival Pigment Print, 18.5 x 18.5 in., (47 x 47 cm.), Ed.1/3/AP

Now, several generations removed from the origins of this still relatively young medium, the art of photography has sub genres all its own; digital, black and white, color, street, documentary, fashion and advertising. Within contemporary art contexts there are even art photography sub-sub genres, such as photomontage, appropriation and glitch.

Air View 1, (Over Tucson), 2012 -- Contemporary fine art photography by Jesse Ross.

Air View 1, Over Tucson, 2012, Color Photograph, Archival Pigment Print, 18.5 x 28 in., (47 x 71 cm.), Ed.1/1/AP

To define my work by one style would be a disservice to the underlying crossover themes found within my images, because while they might be a painterly landscape or still life, they are also personally documentative and psychically expressionistic. Very often they come from the same streets other photographers might choose to expose more grit. While my photographic work is not intentionally derivative, it is impossible for it not to owe its conception and execution to the visual artists who came before and helped cause its inspiration.

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