The eldest son of a South Dakota historian, photographer Jim Parker has always been fascinated by the architectural detritus and geologic history of the West. As an explorer, he uses his lens and camera to examine interesting manmade and natural subjects. As an artist, he's interested in the effects of the passage of time on a human scale. His recent work, "Stories Told in Things Left Behind", focuses on interior spaces and prairie landscapes in color and in B&W.
Quirky juxtapositions & peaceful grasslands highlight Parker's images. Whether photographing patterns of wind and water in a desert canyon, or focusing on the textures of a faded ranch, the photographer's visual commentary echoes the politics, history and cultures that collided in America's Westward expansion. Parker also shoots closer to home, where currently he is developing a series of photographs portraying his home state of Michigan.
Using small format cameras to photograph his subjects, Parker handles his own edition printing in sepia-tones and color, using Epson printers & fine art papers. He also mats and frames his work, using archival materials. All of his prints are signed & numbered. More information is available at http://www.parkerparker.net.
Parker has won numerous awards in the seven years he's been actively participating in art fairs, including an Award of Distinction at Winter Park; Best in Show at Ann Arbor, State Street; and many other national festivals. He lives in Rochester Hills, with his wife, Karyn Kozo.
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