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Recently I found myself in a creative slump and I wondered just where my inspiration had gone. THe dictionary defines inspiration as the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.

Thats how we all come to that inspiration is in life. During my art school years I came to think of sinspiration as smokey muse that lays always just at the periphery of my vision. An elusive mist that leads me on and on often never really materializing into what I expect it to be. Often I sit and complain that a creative slump has me uninspired. It's in those times that I have learned that inorder be creative, inorder to find my way I must put eye to viewfinder and begin the process regardless. With each push of the shutter the chase to find  the muse of inspiration takes a step forward. I guess that inorder to be creative an artist must each day be busy in the persuit of it all. In to be inspired to create on must struggle with the task pushing ever forward, ever forward. I believe that Pablo Picasso said it best when he said: "Inspiration exists, but it has to find us working." In a nutsshell that really is the answer, the way to create. To be busy with the struggle of art is the very spark of inspiration. I have found it a hard lesson. One that requires me to do when I just really don't want to fight forward. Scripture says that we must push on towards the mark of the high calling of God. Art is just that a high calling. To create is to indeed be about the fathers work. I see photograpy as that spark that opens my eye to the very soul of the world that surronds me. I must see things as they really are and not as we've been told they appear. to dig deep to the vey esseence is the struggle of inspiration. To see in a new way and I guess nolonger look the that glass darkley. I have always loved to see things photographed and in that hopefully show not jsut what they are but  to show also what else they are. To share those hidden things, to make an object nolonger ordinary is the passion, the inspiration. I desire to always be working so that inspiration can always find me, espcially when I'm lost in the high weeds of life.

I leave you with the words of the Great Muhammad Ali who floated like a butterfly and stung like a bee: "The man who has no imagination has no wings." 

Find life in all that you do. Seek the deep things and never settle for the mundane or the ordinary. Life is too short and fragile to live without experiencing the very esscene of it.

 

From Studio317 I send you belssings for an extraordinary life full of creative moments and overflowing with inspiration. Now get busy!

 

-gary


 Tuesday 3 July 2018


While going through some very old

boxes with files dating back to when I was Assitant Art Director for Norgren-Davis Advertising in Cocoa Beach, Florida. Deep in this box of old memories was an envelope with 35mm color and black & white negatives that I had taken at Port Canaveral for a brochure project. Right there with them were some negatives I took during one of my frequent photography nights at the port. Being that during that time I lived in Cape Canaveral only a mile or so from the port late at night, I would roam along the channel with my Nikon and a 50mm lens looking for interesting subjects. I found the work of the night crews of great interest. The old negatives were from a night when I photographed men working as they loaded natural gas into a barge bound for parts unknown. I took a roll or more that night but only two survived over the years. I digitized them and went to work to correct the damage from 30+ years of poor storage in the heat of several garages. I have titled them Night Work 1 & 2 and posted them in black & white, as well as black & white with a color tint treatment.

This discovery has begun to germinate ideas for a new project consisting of photographs of industrial work at night. I'll let you know where this leads as I think it out.

 

Hope you enjoy the color tint versions I have posted here. Please check out the Night Work folder to see the black & white versions.

 

Be sure to look for me on Facebook at http://facebook.com/gary.w.jones1 and gwjones . photographic imaging

 

My best to all

 

-gwjones

 

   

 

Night Work 1

 

 




Night Work 2


Preparation continues...

 

For the past year I have preparring to self publish my first photographic book. It has proven to be a much more difficult work than I had anticipated it would be. 

The working, and most likely the sctual, title is: Portrits from the Swamp. It is an up close look into the character and spirit of the creatures that I have had the blessing to photograph over the last 4 to 5 years. 

My approach has been to try and photograph my wild subjects in a manner and style much like I would do for human subjects.

The work of gathering the images has been slow, which is good, but the seeking of funds to pay for thr printing has been most trying at times. I had hoped to go to press in 2016, but here I am quickly approaching the end of 2017 with many miles left to travel on this project.

I do hope to be able to post here, in the not too distance future, that the book is in hand and ready for sale.

Wish me luck.

 

Below are a few images that will be included in the printing.

 















Blessings to all...




Spent a bit of time in the marshes and along the edge of West Lake Toho. The stormy season is upon us here in Florida and everyday we are experienceing strong thunder storms. Wednesday was
no exception. Coming back from the store I noticed a strom forming to the soithwest of the house. The sky was darking and white to light grey roll clouds were leading the way as the storm moved on to the northeast. Ran into the house and grabed the camera with my 24-70 f/2.8 lens, jumoed back in the car and headed south to the tip of West Lake Toho. Arrived just in time to capture some wonderful cloud formations as the storm moved over the lake. The lighting was pretty intense and I must admitt that I was spoked more than once as I shot away. Posted here is one of the images looking southwest across the lake. I hope you enjoy.

 

Inaddition I'm including two images of snadhill cranes taken in the marsh of East Lake Toho in St. Cloud. I am blessed to live where ther is an abundance of birds and other wildlife. In fact it is one of the great benefits of living in Florida.

 

The sandhill cranes have so much expression in their eyes and the way they move. I just never get enough of seeing and photographing them.

 

It is my hope that all three of these images touch your spirit.

 

-gwjones
Stormy Wednesday - West Lake Toho

 

 

Mom Sandhill Crane sitting her nest in the high grass of the East Lake marsh.

 


Adolescent Sandhill Crane in the marsh of Est Lake Toho


Hope all is well. The summer is upon us here in Florida. Hot and humid days with strong afternoon thunder storms. The swamps and wetlands are beginning to fill back up with water and slowly the many birds and other wildlife are returning.

 

Haven't been out much lately to shoot. My schedule has been pretty full with the video production work and with family. I now have a new grandson. That makes for three girls and one boy. All of them are great blessings. Life is good and the creative spirit is strong.

 

I have been doing a lot of thinking and reading lately on the subjects of spirit as it relates to creativity. It is and has always been a goal of mine that my photography would reveal the spirit of the subjects that present themselves to me. This desire to reveal depth of character is always my firat thought as I begin a project or a single image series. Not sure if I'm really succesful, but I try hard to share with you what I experience when I'm persuing my art.

 

Let me leave you with the words of just one of the many phhotographs that I admire and who inspire me.

 

The language that photography has is a formal language. Any photographer is doing something formal. If it's formal, then it must be an aesthetic way to communicate. - Sebastiao Salgado

 

Take care my friends and may your life be adundant with blessings



Silent Predator

 


Recently received some great news that my photograph: Silent Preddator is a first place winner in the 2017 International Photography Compeitition, sponsored by the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts in Tampa, Florida.

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Back around March, at the encouragment of a fellow artist, I submitted an image to the 2017 International Photography Compitetion under the category: Science, Nature & Animals.

 

 

For the 2017 compitetion, the FMoPA partnered with Creative Loafing, a weekly entertainment magazine, to celebrate the work of photographers from all over the world. The exhibition features 22 winning submissions. There were 955 entries in 7 catetgories, submitted by 413 unique participants, from 4 continents.

 

I was fortunate to be selected as one of the seven first place winners. The work will be on exhibit in the Community Gallery of the FMoPA from 23 June to 18 August. 

  





Welcome to my site. I hope you enjoy my work and that in someway it touches you.

The work contained on this site is in no short way a piece of me, a look into how I see the world. I might even say a look into my very spirit. Everyday, I seek to create work that relates how the world looks to me, how it toouches and moves me. I always attempt to create images that show more than just the subject that was before my lens, but to also show what else it is. 

My work is varied. So much of the world interest me visually that I find it hard to focus my work on just one subject or genre. My most consistant subject is Floirda wildlife. I have a concern for the state of the enviroment of Florida and it's unique wild resisdents who are threatened by the large scale development. The Everglades is a particular concern, due to the strain of water control for the use of farmers and the large influx of people, moving everyday to South Florida. It is my purpose to show the need to conserve the special places that make us all better people.

 

Please join me on this very personal journey.

 

gwjones

 


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