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Say Hello

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Jesse was born in the Ozarks — an 80s kid with a Midwestern upbringing in Springfield, Missouri. At Arizona State University he majored in photography and art history while attending the Herberger Institute of Art and Design. His world has been shaped by his artistic parents: a mother who is a painter and educator and a father who draws and paints; they exposed him to the colorful pop art movement of the 50s, American photo realism of the 70s; and the use of light to celebrate the subjects in the Dutch Baroque, and Renaissance periods — all major influences in his aesthetic.

For the past decade Jesse has carefully constructed a photographic world built on the foundation of celebrating the mundane and humorous elements that often go overlooked in our day-to-day American experience. His use of light and bleached color, leaves the viewer with the illusion that our existence is equally beautiful as it is fleeting. In this world you will find one-time paradisal places and memories framed by our modern anxieties about the past, present, and future — examining our rituals and the artifacts left behind. If these earlier works were more documentary in nature, his latest work Phoenix A Dystopian Lego Land blurs the lines of fact and fiction — the real dancing joyfully with the surreal and constructed.

Clients find him as a creative additive to the collaborative process not only with his technical expertise but also in the ideation phase. He feels his greatest currency is how he communicates and sees the world. Some call it empathy. Some call it charm. His mom just says he’s a nice young man.

“I’ve worked with tons of photographers that can’t make something great out of nothing. You made gold from a blank canvas. Thank you.” - Devin Gillespie Creative Director, Wieden+Kennedy Portland

“It’s no easy task to enter the world of contemporary art color photography, but you have successfully done so with your own unique voice.” - Rob Schaefer Senior Acquisitions Editor, Princeton Architectural Press

“This shoot wouldn’t have been such a success without your attention to detail, hands-on approach, and upfront leg work. Thank you!”- Kate Moore Senior Art Producer, Anomaly New York

“You are incapable of taking a normal picture.” - Jen Lamping Lead Print Producer RPA Los Angeles

Portrait by © Lapo