About Me - jemery

Hello everyone - thank you for your interest in my work.  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 nine  years ago, delving into landscape, macro, 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 watercolor and acrylic then in oil.  I painted original subjects, including portraits, as well as paintings of masterworks to learn color and brushwork from the masters I admired.

As empty-nesters now, my wife Deb and I travel quite a bit, and in conjunction with this we use Sony A7r2 mirrorless cameras with Zeiss lenses for long-exposure tripod work, and Sony RX-100V cameras for shots taken from our bikes, cross country skis, snow shoes, paddleboards, etc.  Love these Sony cameras!  We also use a Nikon D-800 with a Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2 lens for nature photography.  I prefer this Tamron lens to the Nikon 600mm prime lens I have rented before, because unlike the Nikon it is truly hand-holdable.

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


Union Gallery - Lambertville, NJ

Iron & Oak - Lambertville, NJ

Triumph Gallery - New Hope, PA

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


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, thanks again for your interest in my work.  Feel free to contact me at johnemery999@yahoo.com or 215-208-1182.

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