Jason believes that there is beauty in everything – from the clean and perfect to the grotesque and decaying. With his surroundings as his inspiration, he uses photography to explore, simplify and celebrate the ordinary and the unnoticed. Drawing from his background in architecture, Jason is especially inspired by the lines and geometry of the built environment and strives to emphasize these elements in his photographs. When not doing photography, Jason can be found running ridiculously long distances on local trails as well as spending time with his three gifted children.
“I was excited and honoured to have images selected, knowing that I was among such amazing photographers around the world! It also inspires me as an artist seeing the high level craftsmanship from other photographers.I feel that it brings a lot of credibility to me as a professional to share about my involvement in WPC to clients and peers.”
While photographing the Anvil Centre in New Westminster for some personal work, I was given a tip by a security guard about the exit stairs at the end of the building. He said it might be cool to photograph, so I followed him there. My jaw dropped when I saw the striking red stairs so I feverishly started to find the best angle! It was tricky to get the image because the wall around the stairs was so high and I had to hold the camera without being able to see through the viewfinder. Thankfully with a digital camera I could immediately see the composition I liked best. The final image only needed some minor colour correction and burning of the edges. This is one of my favourite images because it includes architecture and my favourite colour.
“Preposterous Erection” – Growing up with an artist father with British roots, I was introduced to both Salvador Dali and Monty Python at a young age. I thought it would be fun to do a self portrait inspired by the quirkiness of both artists. This image was also a challenge in creating a photo composite (several images in one) which had always intrigued me, especially after seeing such amazing composite work created by other photographers. I am very pleased with the final image.
I was on assignment photographing a flagship home project for a construction company. I had no idea that the stairwell would incorporate an elevator and be the only one of its kind in a home in North America! The juxtaposition of material and geometry was so aesthetic that I had to use it as an entry for WPC.
“Shoe-cide” was inspired by the shiny, red shoes my wife brought home one day. As I looked at them I thought, there has to be some kind of photo project I can do with these! I had been experimenting with photographing liquid in motion, so integrating that with a still life image of the shoe seemed like a great idea. I also wanted to challenge myself with conceptual work and this was the perfect way to start. The title “Shoe-icide” was developed early. It usually refers to the idea of wearing painfully uncomfortable shoes in the name of fashion but for this image also refers to the blood red colour and liquid like texture of the shoes.To create the image, there were three setups composited together on a photoshop gradient background. The first was drips of red paint. I had an assistant drip red paint off a stick and I made over 50 images to use drips from. The other setups were the shoe, and the hook, which were both photographed in the same light as the paint drips. I am very pleased with how this challenging project came together.