Perry James is a native Floridian with a passion for photography.
The abundance of wetlands, woodlands, shoreline and wildlife within Florida provide him many opportunities to pursue his passions.
While growing up, he could be found camping, horseback riding, fishing and swimming with family and friends. Where he gained a great appreciation for the environment, and the beauty it provides us.
I enjoy all aspects of fine art photography especially landscape fine art, arising early in the morning or going late in the afternoon to capture the moment when the light the tones the shapes and shadows are just right, sometimes returning many times to the same location to capture it the way I have it envisioned in my mind.
Sometimes seeing landscapes in black and white, and sometimes envisioning the landscape as a color print. I usually have a print in my mind before I even go out to a location for a shoot, right down to the type of paper I will be using to make a print of the photograph.
I am looking for the shadows, highlights and texture in a black and white scene that I am shooting, planning how I am going to process my image in the digital darkroom.
In my color landscapes I am not trying to document the scene as it is but attempting to bring out the essence of the scene. That is, the light the color and the movement in the landscape It’s more about the feeling of the location and less about the detail within the location. And this is the feeling I am attempting to convey to the viewer.
I like the motion of landscapes, the color, light and textures all coming together waiting to be captured. I’ll sometimes set the camera on the tripod and let the movement and color in the scene I am shooting just do what ever it is going to do.
And sometimes I’ll move the camera panning from side to side or up or down creating a softer and often a painterly abstract effect. The color and the light surrounding the landscape that I am shooting is still there but appears as if it is a mix between a photograph and a watercolor painting sometimes creating gentler shades of light and color.
I’ll often take ten to twenty shots, from all angles and vantage points, until I get an image I think I will be able to work with. Saturating or softening the colors within the scene and sometimes combining two or three shots together into a composition. And than cropping and resizing the image to get the print I had seen in my minds eye. These are some of the decisions that I make in order to create what I have envisioned before I even arrive at the location I am photographing.
Perry’s work is displayed in many private collections throughout the world and the United States.
His work can also be seen at the Englewood Art and Frame Gallery in Englewood Florida.
He also participates in fine art shows every year through out Florida during festival season, while also displaying his work at the locale farmers markets in the area he lives in every week. I really enjoy the Farmers Markets as they give me a location to show my work every week and also getting to know some of folks purchasing my work. Its a great feeling knowing how much they appreciate my work after the have hung in there home. Knowing I was able to help make somebody feel good with my art is what it is all about.
His fine art photography along with his portrait work can also be seen on his own web site perryjamesphotography.net
He creates most of his own prints using Canon Prograf 4000 and Epsons P800 printers, both printers use pigmented inks resisting fading for 50 years and beyond. His chose of papers he prints on is Hahnemuhles paper for his fine art work and Fredrix matte canvas, for his canvas prints. Once printed I will let the print dry for a period of at least twenty four hours before framing or stretching. I will than spray three coats of a clear varnish to my canvas prints to help protect the print against scratching and uv rays for the lifetime of the print.
I am continually striving for perfection in my photography to capture the moment when the light, shadows and textures come together creating a photograph of a moment in time that you can proudly display in your home or office. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions you might have regarding a print you are interested in.