Relevant Bio. Life time: June 11, 1934 – Present Born: U.S.A Detroit Michigan Style: Surrealist Photographer Preferred Medium: Silver Gelatin Print B.F.A at Rochester Institute of Technology (1957) M.S & M.F.A. at Indiana University (1960) Former trustee of “Friends of Photography”
Relevant Bio. Cont. First job offer, he taught photography at the University of Florida where he became a professor of art in 1974 Had 100 individual art shows in the United States Used 12 different enlargers to get desired effects Now lives in Gainesville with wife (artist) Maggie Taylor
Inspiration He was inspired by nature and natural beauty Examples of this natural beauty include nude women, hands, birds, trees, streams, and many others. Additionally, he seems to be inspired by freedom and flight. This can be seen in his photography in the form of flying people, vast landscapes, and birds.
Inspiration Cont. It is likely, also, that his wife, Maggie Taylor, inspired him because of her artistic influences. She probably helped him with ideas for photos. Many of his photos depict scenes of the northern country where he grew up. It then can be inferred that he was inspired by the landscape, water features, plant life, and solidarity of that part of the country.
Photo 8 “For All The Dogs That Have Blessed My Life” 2002 Silver Gelatin Print No size listed
Untitled 2003 Silver Gel.
Description Generally dark photo Has two cupped hands with a ripple of water in them The background is mountainous with pine trees everywhere The hands seem to be coming out of a black lake with a first person view of the hands The mountains are slightly reflected on the lake.
Analysis Foreground: Hands Middle ground: Lake and trees Background: Mountains/Mist Emphasis: On the ripple ( the brightest point on the photo besides the sky) Symmetrical balance The foreground, middle, and back ground show proportion of the hands and trees Leading line of the edges of the lake to the vanishing point where the mountains meet
Interpretation The photo was taken to show the eerie beauty of solitude in nature. To make humans seem like a small part of a great and beautiful world The water in the hands represents unity and purification through and with nature
Judgement I like this photo because it is surreal, yet it is plausible to see in real life It is well composed, and I like the way the sky is about to get dark I also appreciate the clarity of the photo It is a beautiful portrayal of man and nature coexisting.
Question: 1 Where did Jerry Uelsmann Grow up? Detroit Denmark Colorado Miami
Question 2 What style did Uelsmann use? Documentary photography Surrealism Pop Photography Landscape
Question 3 Which of these groups was Jerry a part of? National Photographic Society Friends of Photography Art is Art Michigan Photography Center