About Jesse Wolff


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I started taking photographs on a trip to Montreal in 1997.   It was the middle of January, it was 10 below zero, I had a new Olympus camera and nothing to do.  So I started wandering through the city and snapping pictures.   


My photographs are an attempt to evoke emotion, hopefully causing the viewer to feel a personal connection to the image.  I attempt to capture simple images from everyday surroundings, finding that there is beauty and irony contained in so much of what we take for granted.

My eye is often drawn to scenes not only with pattern and interesting light but also with a message, either implicit or explicit.  I appreciate the good fortune of occasionally being in the right place at the right time: when the only train of the day is passing through a small town; when the winter afternoon light is enfolding an old building; when a lake is so still on a summer night it appears as if the sky and stars are both above and below; when there is just a flash of a smile on someone’s face before it disappears. 

When people see my work, I would like for them to come away from it with a sense of place and belonging. If my photographs cause someone to “feel” the image emotionally rather than just “see” it visually, then I have successfully passed on the feeling I had when I took the photograph…

Photographers that I admire and try to emulate include:  Sebastio Salgado, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Alfred Steiglitz, James Nachtwey, and Ansel Adams.

Thanks for being here…