James Reeder, "Elusive", gelatin silver print toned w/ tea

James Reeder, “Elusive”, gelatin silver print toned w/ tea

James Reeder

It is in the details such as a sound or echo, the fragile, luminous, flourish-like gestures left behind, that meaning is contained. My interest is in the process of memory and for me this process begins with these marginal elements and the associations they help to recall. I use objects, fragments of text and ephemera to symbolize my experiences and my desire to keep these memories close.

Diagrams or illustrations that once served as explanation to the phenomena of nature serve as the background and provide a structure for the objects in the photographs. I work intuitively using visual clues such as repeated shapes and patterns as connectors of all the details in the final images. When these elements are successfully combined, the imagery resonates with other memories and dreams.

The warm transparent palate of tea-stained photographs and the dark obscure palate of photograms aide in placing meaning back into the realm of memory and the unreal, encouraging reinterpretation.

James Reeder earned an AS in Photography and an AS in Graphic Design from Pacific Union College and has studied independently with the likes of Ruth Bernhard, Cay Lang, and Paul Winternitz. Many important curators, including Steven Yates, Rick Wester, Diana Gaston, and Jean Caslin, have taken note of his talent and have selected him for shows including those in California at the Napa Valley Museum, the Rasmussen Art Gallery, the Bedford Gallery, the San Diego Museum of Art, and at the Society for Contemporary Photography in Kansas City, MO; the Barrett House Galleries in Poughkeepsie, NY; and the Lubbock Fine Arts Center in Lubbock, TX. His work has been published in CloudlandViewpoint magazine, and Spectrum magazine.