Jim Ferguson

Ferguson

Harmony

In New Orleans jazz many layers of music and instruments come together in harmony creating something much more compelling than its individual parts. All done in-camera, the disparate elements and multiple layers in these images unite in “Harmony.”

Music as a metaphor works for me. I see my individual images as combining visual elements in harmony. Each image is like a different songs with its own rhythm.

I have the same philosophy about photography as Alex Webb. Webb believes that “photography is a creative journey, one that’s intuitive rather than rational, spontaneous rather than preconceived.” Shooting intuitively, exploring and discovering, I wait until a scene raises its hand and warrants a pause.

Having been born cross-eyed, corrective surgery left me with no depth perception. I’ve taken this handicap and turned it into an advantage. I see the world as my visual playground. 

 

Reconstructed Space

Unbeknownst to me at the time, my photographic vision was established at birth.  Born cross-eyed, corrective eye surgery at two years of age left me with no depth perception.  It’s with this altered sense of depth perception that I photograph.  

An anonymous LensCulture reviewer stated of my work “you have the kind of 'mechanism' that disturbs our sense of place and time, leading to a feeling of the uncanny, thinking that we might know these spaces, but cannot ever.”  This statement appeals to me because the sense of place and time are unimportant to me.  The locations are ambiguous while I strive to make the images both familiar but elusive... transcending and uniting disparate elements into timeless prominence.

Reconstructing the space in camera I make the images layered, graphic, dislocated from place, and disregarding of time while maintaining the truth of the scene. Ultimately, I want the image be a catalyst for the viewer to spark their own relationship to the photograph.  My goal is to show images that are both enigmatic and engaging.

Recently I “remerged” back into the fine art photography world, but this is my second round of showing and selling work.  Years back I received a BFA from San Francisco Art Institute and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. After getting my BFA, I started showing and selling my work. I was successful from the very start with three galleries representing my work and acquisitions by major museums and numerous private collections.

In the fall of 2017 I re-emerged into the fine art world full time, introducing my work again to galleries and museums.  Since “reemerging” I've exhibited at Catherine Edelman Gallery and I’ve been included in exhibitions curated by April Watson, Elizabeth Houston, Douglas Beasley and Robert Klein. I was also selected for the Top 200 in Critical Mass 2018, featured in the portfolio issue of F-Stop online magazine, and selected as a “Rising Photographer” by All-About-Photo.com.

Images are available as 24 x 30” / 24 x 34” and 32 x 44” / 36 x 44” archival pigment prints made in editions of 15 and 7 for $1200 and $2800, respectively.

Please call: (312) 266-2350 for prices of specific pieces.
Prices are print only unless otherwise indicated.

Jim Ferguson
Harmony 1, 2018
Jim Ferguson
Harmony 11, 2016
Jim Ferguson
Harmony 19, 2018
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Harmony 2, 2018
Jim Ferguson
Harmony 35, 2019
Jim Ferguson
Harmony 4, 2018
Jim Ferguson
Harmony 40, 2019
Jim Ferguson
Harmony 5, 2017
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Harmony 9, 2018
Jim Ferguson
Reconstructed Space 02, 1986
Jim Ferguson
Reconstructed Space 03, 2008
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Reconstructed Space 05, 1986
Jim Ferguson
Reconstructed Space 09, 2014
Jim Ferguson
Reconstructed Space 11, 2015
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Reconstructed Space 12, 1986
Jim Ferguson
Reconstructed Space 14, 2014
Jim Ferguson
Reconstructed Space 19, 1986
Jim Ferguson
Reconstructed Space 20, 2014