My interest in photography goes back to 1980 when I was able to purchase my first single-lens reflex 35mm camera. We were going on the first trip to Europe and it was important to me to record the scenes that we would see …. and that I did on the first overseas trip and on many other vacations to follow. I took courses on composition and design in photography, experimented a lot, talked with other photographers, studied a lot of photographic work of the masters, and tried to incorporate what I could into my growing love for capturing images of people and places.
All of this was a hobby because my “day job” included a 35-year career in health care planning and administration, specializing in physical rehabilitation and related services. As I was approaching retirement, I decided that I would next move into a 2nd career in the pursuit of fine art photography. And over the past half dozen years, I have worked to refine my skills at the craft as well as to clarify an artistic vision that reflects my visual and conceptual point of view. Along the way, I have been graced by the association with an insightful photographic mentor and friend, made many new friendships and worked on projects with other fine art photographers, and participated in dozens of photography exhibitions.
During 2017 and into 2018 I was fortunate to participate in a year-long Masterwork salon sponsored by PhotoMidwest based in Madison, WI, most ably facilitated by photographic artist Don Mendenhall. Ten photographers gathered monthly to share our work, consider what constitutes a "masterwork" in any field of artistic endeavor, define our own definition of a “masterwork” and establish and execute a project that would move us to the next level. Out of this was born “The Shadow Project,” images from which are included in my galleries as well as a book available through Blurb.com.
In the fall of 2019, I participated in a week-long workshop with renowned photographer and teacher Keith Carter at a Santa Fe Workshops session in historic San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. The theme was "The Poetry of Perception" and it was a challenging week of probing into the language of visual poetry. A most enlightening session and it produced a stimulating sharing of personal work and ideas among a very energized and talented group of photographers.
Select Limited Edition prints of my work are available for purchase through 5 Points Art Gallery + Studios, Milwaukee, WI. https://www.5ptsartgallery.com/ and through Milwaukee Artist Resource Network (MARN) https://marnmarketplace.square.site/shop/jc-styberg-photography/152 or by contacting me directly.