Artist Q-&-A: Photographer Michael Jack Is Back!

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Artist Q-&-A: Photographer Michael Jack Is Back!

Artist Q-&-A: Photographer Michael Jack Is Back!

Lose yourself in the rich colors and details of artist Michael Jack’s photographs Feb 1-29, when we will fill the walls of the Stephenson House with his works. The public is invited to an opening reception on Saturday, Feb. 20, 5-8 p.m. Get to know the Nickel Plate Arts Showcase Artist in our Q-&-A.

As you reflect on 2015, can you pinpoint a favorite photography experience, subject or photo?

Michael Jack -66226622 (1)In February a small group of us who travel together for photography went to Maine. It was during the time of extreme cold and substantial snow. Despite the sub-zero weather, we were prepared for it, and to my surprise, the cold and snow were quite manageable. As one Mainer said, “We have seen snow before.” My favorite image from that trip was taken on the shore of Acadia National Park at 7 a.m. when it was minus 7 degrees.

In 2016, are you looking forward to any big trips or adventures this year that will offer opportunities to shoot new things?

I am returning to some favorite places like Glacier Park because each time seems new, but Savannah is a new destination. The rest of the year is unplanned but the Palouse and maybe another Western location are possibilities.

Who is your biggest influence when it comes to your art?

Sad to say, this varies depending on when you ask. I do like the work of Rod Planck, Michael Freeman and Eliot Porter.

What is your favorite book of photography?

The most useful book on composition is Ian Plant’s Visual Flow. It is a terrific tutorial on what goes into a successful image.

If you could photograph any place or thing in the world, what would it be?

Italy. I love Italy because of the fascinating ancient architecture and the countrysides like Tuscany and the Amalfi Coast. The fact that the people and food are great does not hurt.

Ailithir McGill
amcgill@nickelplatearts.org