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For the past 25 years, local Syracuse photographer Jamie Young has traveled the world, focusing on establishing a spiritual connection with the natural world. With the current climate crisis in mind, Young hopes his landscape photography will evoke a sense of change in people.
“The ephemeral nature of light, the power of water and wind provide a sense of spiritual redemption and renewal even in these turbulent times,” said Young.
Young understands that for many people the process of preserving the world’s natural beauty can seem daunting and difficult. Young believes that these views will be further expressed at the Everson Museum when the panoramic photography exhibition Jamie Young: Decivilization opens on January 28 as part of the 2023 CNY Artists Initiative. .
Panoramic photography is a photographic technique that uses special equipment to capture images with a horizontal field of view. This use of style is a key element of Young’s work, and Garth Johnson, Everson’s pottery curator, wants to highlight it in the exhibition.
One of Young’s favorite works illustrating this style features an Icelandic waterfall called Skogafoss. Young explained that the waterfall panorama at dusk is very abstract and mysterious. This is something Young responded strongly to when it was first developed.
According to the Everson Museum of Art website, the CNY Artists Initiative exhibition series is a regional program based on the museum’s ongoing support of local artists in central New York. The program aims to showcase the region’s talented and vibrant arts community and the artist’s contribution to the overall cultural well-being of central New York.
According to Johnson, the museum believes Young’s work is best suited for display because Young’s photographs reflect the natural world and help viewers better appreciate the beauty of nature. .
“[Young’s] Images of landscapes in Iceland and central New York immediately stood out,” Johnson said.
During his travels, Young has witnessed firsthand how the natural world is being destroyed. At the same time, he said, people are losing the true beauty of the earth. He said one way to help people appreciate the world more is to create art that showcases nature’s best elements.
Courtesy of Jamie Young
Young’s desire to show his audience the best places in the world made him fall in love with landscape photography. He finds peace in looking at still images of the world.
“Landscape provokes the viewer’s instinctive response. It’s a serene sensory experience in a chaotic world,” said Young.
Everson Assistant Curator Steffi Chappell appreciates the opportunity to showcase the work of talented photographers with close ties to the community.
“Seeing the landscapes we know and love through the eyes of a skilled photographer is a different experience, and I’m thrilled that Everson visitors will have this opportunity,” said Chappell.
Johnson said Young’s ability to transport the viewer in his work was
Everson’s decision to exhibit his photographs as part of the CNY Artists Initiative. Johnson explained that Young’s work can always take the viewer to new places, whether it’s an image of an Icelandic fjord or one of the local landscapes in central New York. .
Johnson said the exhibit’s original name was “Scapes” because of Young’s landscape photography and the way viewers were able to escape when looking at his photographs.
Young said he was thrilled to introduce his work to his home community and hoped his message would be felt by many in the Syracuse area. He has spent a considerable amount of time photographing the natural world and hopes that he can learn to better appreciate the beauty of the place his audience calls home.
“I hope that viewers can take a temporary break from the renminbi’s gray winter weather and move to a place that’s a bit more inspirational,” Johnson said.
Published January 25, 2023 at 11:27 PM