Tuesday, April 24, 2012

JLM Images: Local Collection July 2011 Artist of the Month


About the Artist...
Jen Matson of JLM Images received her first camera as a gift when she was in the 8th grade and it was love at first sight.  What started out as a hobby became her life’s work.  In 1998 she transitioned into the world of professional photography and hasn’t looked back.  “I tend to see the world as photographs,” she says.  She frames her shots by instinct and has favorite locations she is drawn back to re-shoot.  With the simple consideration of time of day or change of season, there is a whole new image to capture. 

Whether the intended shot is an old favorite or a new location, Jen’s focus is on capturing the moment in its purest form.  She shoots on Fuji film using a Minolta x-370, which is a basic SLR (single-lens reflex) camera.  “No fancy features, not even autofocus,” Jen says.  “And I print all the pictures myself in the darkroom.”  Jen’s images are almost exclusively Boston-based.  Scenes ranging from Harvard Square to the North End to the Charles to Fenway Park to the Public Garden fill out JLM Images’ portfolio.  Though she doesn’t usually photograph people, her keen eye for the way light affects landscape and cityscape makes her a master of her craft.  One of JLM Images’ most popular photos is of the Make Way for Ducklings statue in The Public Garden.  Jen recalls a correspondence with Nancy Shorn, the artist who designed and sculpted the famous Boston landmark, who said Jen’s photo is the best of its kind she’s ever seen.  “Coming from the artist who created them, that really meant a lot to me!” she says.

Jen was onboard at Local Collection Boston as one of the original vendors when the store opened in May 2010 and continues to be one of its most popular product lines over a year later.  Of Local Collection, Jen says, “It’s a great store in a very visible location.  It’s a reason for people who live in the city to go to Faneuil Hall.”  Going on, she says, “There are very few places left that sell handmade art by local artists.  It is wonderful for us to have a venue like this located in the heart of downtown Boston, somewhere the focuses on quality and unique handmade art.”  Local Collection’s goal is to give a voice and a platform for all of the up-and-coming New England artisans so that Jen’s shared-philosophy of “My Hobby, My Business, My Art” can become a reality.

Jen will be showcasing her work in a special gallery event on Thursday, July 21st from 12PM-2PM.


Whenever you spend $30 or more on JLM Images at Local Collection, you will receive a FREE blank greeting card!

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