Jason’s work covers a broad range of subjects from corporate to rural. One thing that holds his work together is an ability to capture his subjects off guard and in contemplation, often absorbed by where they are in that moment. It could be a musician leaning on her instrument waiting to perform in an orchestra, or a farmer gazing out over a field lost in thought.
They are small moments, but intimate at the same time as they reveal the subject in context and in their own world. Naturalistic and unposed it says alot about Jason’s ability to merge in and move unnoticed.
Jason runs his photgraphy business from Farndale and the scope of his subject matter comes from various professional commissions.
Working with musicians meant considering their environment, instruments along with capturing the art of performance. After a commission to work with a youth orchestra it built his confidence, which is key when dealing with new subject matters.
In this exhibition he shows several examples of musicians. In a black and white portrait a young girl holds her clarinet pressed to her lips, not playing but showing how attached she is to her instrument.
The portrait has a timeless quality which is enhanced by being shot in black and white. It could be a study for a Vermeer painting, a beautiful young girl with porcelain skin, eyes downcast and in a quiet reverie. It has a dewy softness that avoids sentimentality.
His portraits in black and white are simple and effective, pared back and natural. They show a craft and style in execution that has a classic and elegant approach. A head and shoulders shot of a young girl with hair scraped back appears deep in thought. The subtle use of lighting, pale silver grey tones and deep black eyes makes this a haunting portrait.
Jason’s rural location has influenced his work. Living in Farndale he has absorbed the characters and connected with their way of life.
“I try to capture images that tell a story, whether its in a rural environment or a festival, I try and capture the essence of that moment. I often photograph people in their natural environment because I want to preserve a moment in time.
“Recently I have focused on portraits that capture mood through light and composition, inspired by photographers such as Saul Leiter and Anuchit Sundarkiti.”
His portraits of people who work the land reflect scenes that are familiar but not often documented. Such as a young farmer burning off heather, wearing camouflage trousers, cheeks flushed, with heather burning in the background.
Of his approach to photography Jason says “Post-production plays a large part in my process, probably because of my graphics background. I have had several heated conversations with purists who stand by the ethos of getting it right in camera and although I respect their opinion and do myself try to get it right in camera I don’t think that this art form should be limited to purely the camera.
I love creating a uniqueimage and don’t worry about how I get it there.”
Jason Ferdinando is available for private commisions and can be contacted at www.jasonferdinando.com
The Runcible Spoon in Hinderwell showcases arts, crafts and ceramics
The bistro is open during the day and serves delicious food and cakes, to go with the artwork.