"Simplicity and Passion . . ."
Jack Daulton is an award winning photographer living in the foothills of the Blue
Ridge Mountains in North Carolina. Some of his award winning images have been featured in publications such
as Outdoor Photographer, American Photo, and B&W magazines. For 10 years Jack was
a regular contributing photographer to North Carolina's Our State magazine and his images appeared on three covers.
His images have also appeared in videos, on notecards, on phone book covers and in other regional publications.
Jack's photographs have been exhibited in various galleries including
the Charlotte Museum of History (Charlotte, NC), Hickory Museum of Art (Hickory, NC), Grandfather Mountain Nature Museum
(Linville, NC), and through several arts councils and local gallereies in western NC. Jack was also a partner in
the traveling photo/lecture series "Shared Vision" with photographer extraordinaire David Hessell - www.hessell.net.
"For me photography is not about the latest gadget or spending hours in front of a computer. It's about
being in a special place, anyplace, and connecting with whatever God has placed before me - then creating an expression of
that experience. The new technology is amazing but people get so wrapped up in gear and software - these are just tools.
I try to focus on vision and artistry. It's about simplicity and passion." -jd
Jack was also a guest speaker at the 2008 Grandfather Mountain Nature Photography Weekend. He has presented
to photography students and other audiences on various photographic topics including, "Making (not just taking) Photographs",
"The Essentials of Creativity", and "The Art of Seeing".
Being a photographer is not a choice, it’s
a way of life. Even without my cameras I am always “seeing”. I notice the light, see patterns, and create compositions in my mind.
Photography connects me to the natural world. It's how I explore other cultures. It’s
why I travel. People think photography
is pointing a camera and pushing a button. It is so much more than that. It's
a process of exploration and creation… learning and evolving. Photography
enriches my soul.
It's about discovering rhythm, line, and contrast
in reality, then exposing these elements simply and beautifully. Many ingredients go into my creative process but
perhaps the most important is slowing down. Exploring with my camera becomes
a Zen-like experience when time slows and subjects reveal themselves. See, feel, respond.
Growing as an artist and sharing this passion are
important. Inspired by the serenity and flow of the natural world, I hope to create moods with my photographs;
moods that stir emotions and inspire others to explore their own creativity. -jd