About Jeanne Tifft
Photographers whose work resonates with me and might be said to influence my approach include, among the old masters, Jacques Lartigue and Eugene Atget; then Eliot Porter for lush color and Elliott Erwitt for his kindly humor; and contemporaries Sean Kernan, John Paul Caponigro, Nevada Weir, and George de Wolfe.
Sunlight is my Paintbrush
I follow my visual delights. Sunlight is my paintbrush, revealing spaces, shapes, rhythms, textures, gestures, and colors, in a visual experience at once specific and ambiguous. I respond as a photojournalist to what is there, to what I see as real, adding what I feel or think about it.
In fine art and personal work, I seek ambiguity that hovers between pure abstraction and hard reality, between two dimensions and three, between photograph and painting. Currently I'm exploring water, rivers, and seas, both as unique shapes and as a necessity of life on earth.
I document historic sites, archaeological sites, and cultural expressions that appear in peoples' dress and behavior, as well as in their buildings and spaces. In exploring well known places I bring a fresh personal viewpoint. I look for touching and amusing interactions between people, their animals, and their natural and built environments. The little incidents, labors, spiritual practices, tasks, and contemplations of everyday life are an endless source of wonder, fascination, or amusement, as are unselfconscious juxtapositions of tradition and modernity, as though past and present were interacting too.
I invite you to click through at least some of my images, and I hope you like doing this!
My Technique, in case you're wondering
I went digital in about 2003. Before that, I used a Canon F1 for years, and now scan those slides through a Nikon CoolscanIV ED. New work since 2003 has been with a Canon 20D and now a Canon 5D. I use a Canon G10 for a carry-around. Digital files are broadly edited in Adobe Lightroom3, and further enhancements created in Photoshop CS4 and sometimes Corel Paint, using the ProPhoto color space. Most files displayed on my web site are high resolution (300ppi) jpgs in the Adobe RGB color space. They can be used for most purposes as is. The original format (RAW) or master edited file (tif), however, is available to purchasers who need it.