About Me - jemery

Hello everyone - thank you for your interest in my work - hopefully my creative interests overlap yours in some way.  At the risk of boring you, I'll take the liberty of telling you a bit about my creative pursuits.


After retiring from a career in business, I took up digital photography in earnest about eight years ago, delving into landscape, architectural, portraiture, sports, nature and street photography.  My equipment at the time was a Nikon D-700 and a set of zoom lenses - f/2.8 14-24mm, f/2.8 24-70mm, f/2.8 70-200mm and f/4.0 200-400mm with a 1.4 teleconverter.  I took my subjects from the local Bucks County area, as well as from visits to New York City, Philadelphia, Lancaster County and the New Jersey shore. 


I developed an interest in film photography, based on my admiration for the work of Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Paul Strand and others.  I took photos, build a darkroom and developed my own film with three vintage film cameras - a Zone VI 4x5 Large Format field camera, a Graflex Super Speed Graphic 4x5 "Press"  camera and a Hasselblad 500 C/M medium format studio camera.


I began to print my own work on an Epson Stylus Pro 24" roll printer and then an Epson Stylus Pro 44" roll printer which I installed in my basement.  I printed my work as large as 44" in the short dimension,  on Epson matte, satin and gloss canvas and a wide variety of Epson textured and smooth papers.


I began to frame, matte and glaze my work.  I first used wood moulding that I cut lengthwise from planks of poplar lumber using a table saw, smoothed using a jointer,  shaped using a table router, corner-chopped using a miter saw and joined using a variety of systems.  I finished the moulding using a combination of analine dye stain and hand-rubbed shellac finish.  I later used finished wood moulding that I purchased from various national suppliers, that I corner-chopped and joined myself.  I developed the expertise to miter-cut single and double-ply matting and straight-cut glass and plexiglass.


I developed an interest in drawing and painting.  My first foray was into drawing portraits in charcoal, of people in my family and circle of friends as well as famous and iconic figures I admired.  I then moved into painting - first in watrercolor and acrylic then in oil.  I painted original subjects, including portraits, as well as reproductions of famous works to learn color and brushwork from the masters I admired.


As empty-nesters now, my wife Deb and I have begun to travel, and in conjunction with this I have purchased a  lightweight Sony A7r2 mirrorless camera with Zeiss lenses.  The capability of this ultra-lightweight camera and its amazing sensor for landscape and travel photography astounds me.


Even more recently, I have purchased the Sony RX100 V, a pocket-sized digital camera with truly astounding capabilities.  Its capabilities in terms of autofocus speed, low-light performance and resolution [I am printing images from this camera on my 44" wide printer] are astonishing.  I can now get amazing high-res shots while on my mountain bike,  road bike, cross country skis, downhill skis and snowshoes, and just while I'm just generally walking around - the camera fits in my pocket.


I still use my Nikon, now a D-800,  with its faster autofocus,  for sports photography and wildlife photography.   Wiith Nikon's vastly greater selection of lenses I am able to do things like rent Nikon's f/4 600mm lens and 1.4 teleconverter for a recent bird photography trip to Sanibel and Captiva Islands in Florida.


Our upcoming trips in the next few months include a return trip to Iceland, this time to the glaciers and black beaches of southern Iceland, a ski trip to Colorado and sand and swim trips to the Gulf Coast - my shutter finger itches to be at these places!


My work has been exhibited and sold from several venues and shows in the area, including:


Venues:

Bucks County Playhouse Administration building - New Hope, PA

Washington Crossing Inn - Washington Crossing, PA

Millhill Child & Family Development Center - Trenton, NJ

"A Stage in Time" - Lambertville, NJ

"Love Saves the Day" - New Hope, PA

"Beyond the Wall" - New Hope, PA

"House of Rock" - Newtown, PA

Lambertville Chamber of Commerce - Lambertville, NJ

Newtown Athletic Club - Newtown, PA


Shows:

Artists of Yardley - Patterson Farm, Newtown, PA

Farms of Bucks County - Simmons Gallery, Doylestown, PA

Local Artists - Lambertville Performing Arts Center

Artists of New Hope - Rolling Hills Farm, New Hope, PA

First Friday - Elfreth's Alley, Philadelphia, PA


For those of you who have read to this point, again, thanks for your interest in my work.  Please don't hesitate to reach out to me if you would like to share any of your creative work or ideas.


Feel free to contact me at johnemery999@yahoo.com or 215-208-1182.



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