Jim Parker -- portrait by Cindy Malaney

Photo courtesy of Cindy Malaney

A bit about my work...

My work revolves around my unique vision of the landscape, even when I'm shooting among the canyons and urban caves of the city. I'm continually striving to find a dawn horizon, a line on the pavement or a peak in the backcountry that portrays the essence of place in the simplest manner possible. I work in both black & white and color, letting the image dictate the manner in which it is portrayed. Tranquility, peace and joy are recurring themes in my work.

The eldest son of a Western historian, I’m interested in both the architectural artifacts and geologic history of the region. As an explorer, my camera is an extension of my eyes, and I use the lens as a means to further my examination of interesting subjects, both manmade and natural. As an artist, I’m interested in the effects of the passage of time, on a geologic as well as on a human scale.

All of my images are captured photographically, using both traditional and digital methods. Using small format cameras and zoom lenses, I've perfected a journalistic approach to the landscape. The idea is to travel fast and light, especially in the mountains where every ounce counts. Some images are the result of long familiarity with a beloved place; others are designed in the instant when an opportunity presents itself.

Whether illustrating the passage of deep time in a desert canyon, or magnifying the details of a long gone ranch, my work examines the politics, the history and the cultures that characterized Westward expansion in the 19th and 20th centuries. Much of my work has spiritual overtones that echo the lives of the aboriginal natives and the settlers past and present. However, I seek neither to condemn nor to condone, but merely to make observations and to bring back slices of the temporal stream imbued with light, form and pattern.

I have a degree in Visual Communication, and have been a practicing photographer, cinematographer and creative director for the past thirty years.
My home and studio is in Rochester Hills, Michigan.