Jim Sable (Photography & Mixed Media – Board Member)
Photography is fascinating to me because is it freezing one moment in time: a smile, an expression, or a pose. My work is authentic, realistic, and not staged. When I see something that inspires me, I want to preserve that moment in time.
I got my start in the world of photography when I was a child and my father worked at Eastman Kodak. He taught me so much about film, light and developing. Though my medium is now digital, I work to produce creative and evocative works that connect emotions to the visual image. If that image produces a visceral reaction in someone, their perception may change. We can look at things differently.
One of my most recent projects is called “Under My Skin”. I combined interviews with photos of people in different outfits or stages of undress. The purpose was to show that people are more than a simple picture. It brought out our issues of body image and comfort in our own skin. In this age of online apps and social media, are we showing our true self? Let’s have a conversation and get to know each other. Let the picture start the conversation where you learn more than what the picture can show.
In “Landscapes”, my most recent project, my photography focused on going in closer to the subject and trying to see more detail with the lens. Stopping to discovering beauty in something small as you pass by helps you focus more on the beauty that surrounds you in this hurried world. And I also discovered how important the concept of wabi-sabi is in art. Imperfections in life are beautiful.
One moment in time can be seen by many people at different times with different reactions. Let’s have a conversation about that and connect.
My husband John Ollom and I co-founded of Prismatic Productions, Inc./Ollom Art to show the world the diversity of art and diversity in this world. I have served as its Executive Director since its inception. More information at www.JimSable,com
20th Anniversary Celebration
Throughout the pandemic I discovered the world with new eyes. Taking walks in Inwood Park woods in New York, I started to slow down. I noticed the world around more closely. Nature and the world started to look different. I looked at things with more intent and closeness and discovered the wonderful world of macro photography of nature. Presenting my photos through social media, the photos gave those isolated in their homes a chance to see nature. The photos for this presentation represent just a small portion of the photos. They represent a surreal landscape that I have seen through my ever changing vision of the world. I challenge you to slow down and look at the world more closely. All photos were taken with my iPhone and are meant to be impressionistic.
Works presented here are from two projects. The first was one of the focal pieces of our presentation of “The Hole Project” in Phoenix, Arizona and features an bean bag chair and pictures from John Ollom’s interviews for “The Hole Project”. We ask you to immerse yourself in the “hole” and listen to some of the interviews on the headsets. The second set of pieces are from the “Under My Skin” which is a commentary on the photo-centric world we live in. Each photo was taken after connecting with each person through a one-on-one interview so that the artist was meeting each person and best represent them. Nudity was used to show that each person was baring themselves for the project. It is the intent of this project to help people connect more in a technological society that is quickly losing touch with interpersonal communication. Issues examined will include perceptions, sexuality, gender identification, gender, race, ethnicity, age and body image.