Jim Metzger Photographer Artist Statement

Since my earliest foray into the mystery of photography 35 years ago, I have been intrigued by the ability to “capture time” on a two dimensional canvas. Whether it is “freezing the moment” or blurring recorded time, photography offers the ability to experiment with and visualize the integration of space and time.

My compositions are directly influenced by my formal training as an architect. I compose my subjects very tightly within the frame, often employing an “elevation” viewpoint. I often abstract elements of the scene, revealing details of the greater whole.

I am drawn to the contrasts found in nature. I explore the competing or complementary forms of the subjects, the textures of materials and the quality of the light. Nature reaffirms that objects and organisms competing for space can co-exist in a mutually beneficial and beautiful way.