I took up photography at a young age and was self-taught. I was interested in drawing and painting and received training in the arts. I later studied biochemistry and spent my livelihood as a research scientist in drug discovery. I was also a hospital administrator at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and later, Vice President in a medical technology company. Finally, I spent several years working in the United States, France, and Germany, as a consultant in clinical research. In Europe, I was drawn to the arts, particularly to their role in the European cultural tendency for appreciating life.
I began a trip—of unplanned duration and with no particular destination in mind—that spanned five years. The trip was a turning point for me to pursue my love for photographing life and nature. I focused solely on exploring and photographing scenes new to me, most of which were of the Midwestern United States.
In 2007, I studied new techniques in printmaking, settling on the use of archival pigment on a cotton rag while using a non-chlorine process without optical brightening agents. The scientist in me seeks accuracy, reproducibility, and longevity. The artist in me strives for unrestricted artistic freedom from the actualities and limitations of the camera. I also try not to emulate or simulate another medium or style. This concept contributes to a style I term “Photoexpressionism:” the rhetoric of the artist to capture the spirit and subjective interpretation of emotions, including the sublime.
Buffalo Jump.....(Oil 16 X 24)
by Jay J. Johnson Art Studio