“Vision, is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.”
— Jonathan Swift
The approach to this series of work recalls pictorial and surrealist movements, recreating images with the use of special techniques and expertise gained working in cinema. This practical experience is used to enhance colour and contrast to accentuate the narrative. Composition in each print leads the eye throughout the frame – and with the added element of fantasy, it invites the viewer to become engaged as a character in Vance’s imagined world.
The audience is actively invited to experience a sense of being there themselves.
The use of very long shutter speeds creates an effect of eliminating human presence from the image. This technique seeks to create the feeling that the viewer is alone within landscape, in a calm, relaxing, solitary environment.
The intention therefore, is to encourage a slower interaction and appreciation of our world.
This conceptual, dream-like approach distinguishes Vance’s work, aligning it with the notion of ideas that randomly enter the mind while sleeping.
Jesse Vance (Born 1991, Penticton, Canada) began photographing in 2009. His initial primary interest was not photography or a specific art medium, but rather it was to work in the film industry as a technician. Years of working in that field spurred his interest in shooting landscape photographs. Vance first explored panoramas with high contrast scenes. He later transitioned to a conceptual approach, with more involved compositions and lower contrast, described as painterly and soft. The intention was to create a sense of relaxation, as if exhaling in a single breath — the embodiment of what Vance is as a person.
With passion and expertise, Vance creates prints to hang at home before they appear at a gallery. He believes the real joy of the process is the final print, and it is for that reason he creates this work. The satisfaction of the workflow process to final print continually motivates his desire to create, appreciate the work and share it with others. He seeks to reproduce the emotion felt at the location, and conjures a particular story in his mind about what might have existed.
Vance’s work has been submitted to international competitions, such as the International Photo Awards, One Eyeland Awards, and The ND Awards. He has been published in One eyeland's Best photographers book of 2020. Vance has also donated three large format prints to the Surrey Urgent Care Response Unit.
- One Eyeland Photo Awards - Finalist
- Surrey Arts - Honourable Mention
- Fine Art Photography Awards - 2 Nominations
- One Eyeland Awards - 2 Bronze, 4 Finalist
- ND Awards - 1st Place Gold and an Honourable Mention
- One Eyeland Fine Art Photo Awards - 3 Bronze Awards
- One EyeLand - Canada's Top 10 Fine Art Photographer - RANK #1
- Int'l Photography Awards - 2 Honourable Mentions
- Surrey Arts - Third Place
2020 - Together Alone - Fort Gallery