My birthplace is Rome, NY; I still live in upstate NY despite having spent two years in Tucson, AZ, where I would still be if I had found employment there! My serious work in photography started after a trip to Orkney, Scotland, in 1989, where I was hampered by a broken lens and a serious lack of expertise. Despite the fact that my original push towards photography began during a storm when I was on a ferry boat--I deserted the comfort of the interior and spent the trip out on the metal walkway with the men--my focus has been on more intimate subject matter such as dreams and links with the past through clothing and photomasks. Recently I have done street photography when visiting Edinburgh, Glasgow, and London. My cameras include a Mintolta X700, a Holga, and the D200 Nikon. Currently my work is carried by both Trevillion and Viewville.
My formal education is in literature. I received a fellowship at the University of Arizona in Tucson, where I earned my M.A. from 1969 through 1971. Since then I have earned my keep by teaching special education and now by being a reading specialist. My spare time has been devoted largely to photography as evidenced by the number of exhibitions of my work and the awards I have been given. I have had solo shows throughout central NY, won an award at a Long Island gallery, and had individual pieces hang in both Washington, DC, and Orlando, Florida. A collection of my work can be found at jebarrett.com.…Read More