Jack Straton is a photographer in Portland, Oregon, USA, whose "heritage" is the West Coast school, creating abstractions and landscapes with film and digital cameras ranging form 8x10" to 35mm in color and black and white. His creative expressions also extend to quantum scattering theory, music, and anti-racist education. He earned a BFA in Photography from the U of O in 1977, worked as a professional Jazz drummer for three years, and in the 1980s earned a doctorate in Physics. He has been a community educator since 1985 when he founded Men Against Rape in Eugene, Oregon, and since 1998 has been an interracial dialogue group facilitator. Through all of this he has continued to devote about a quarter of his waking hours to photography.
His first piece of advice to young photographers is to pay attention to the light above all else a scene offers. A piece of flotsome with a play of light across its surface will ultimately draw viewers into a resonance with what is seen better than does a potentially beautiful or interesting scene devoid of luminosity. His second piece of advice is passed on from his teacher, Bernie Freemensser: "pay attention to the corners of the image and the photograph will take care of itself."
National and International Awards
First Place among 2D artists in a juried national joint show entitled October National 2019, October 4 through October 30, 2019, Gallery 510, Decatur, IL.
Honorable Mention award among Fine Art, Photography & Mixed Media at the 2020 Another Moment in Time Juried Exhibition, Cutchogue, NY.
Juror's Choice among 2D artists in a juried national joint show entitled October National 2020, October 2 through October 30, 2020, Decatur, IL.
Recent Photographic Exhibitions
The Art of the Cosmos - Celebrating 30 Years of Hubble, Pasadena, CA, May through August, an international joint show of all fine art media.
Exhibizone Smart Group Exhibition - Fall 2020, December 4, 2020 through January 30, 2021, an international joint show of all fine art media. <https://www.biafarin.com/p/gallery.html?LNG=EN&CNTID=2440602000165472179&TP=artworks&PN=2>.
Modern Art National, December 15, 2020 through January 9, 2021, Anna ,TX, a national joint show of 2D and 3D art.
BOUNDLESS, Art Fluent, November 13 through December 13, 2020, Cape Cod, MA (https://www.art-fluent.com/boundless), a national joint show.
Another Moment in Time Juried Exhibition, Old Town Arts & Crafts Guild, October 30 through November 10, 2020, Cutchogue, NY, a national joint show.
Art Through The Lens 2020, Yeiser Art Center, October 23 through November 28 , 2020, Paducah, KY, an international joint show.
October National 2020, October 2 through October 30, 2020, Decatur, IL, a national joint show of all media.
Artists Who Teach 2020 Gallery Exhibition, Ellington-White Contemporary, September 19 through November 21, 2020, Fayetteville, NC, a national joint show of 2 and 3D works.
2020 National Fine Art Show,The Lincoln Gallery , September 4 through October 10, 2020, Loveland, CO, a joint show of all fine art media.
Celebration of Art National Juried Exhibit, August 18 through October 14, 2020, San Rafael, CA (https://shows14.wixsite.com/mysite), a joint show of all fine art media.
The 2nd Half: 50 and Over Show, September 3 to September 26, 2020, Laguna Beach, CA, an international joint show of all fine art media.
August Group Art Show - Jones Gallery, July 29 through August 27, 2020, Kansas City, MO, a national show of all media.
2020 Photography Show, The Spanish Peaks Arts Council (SPACe) , July 28 through August 29, 2020, La Veta, Colorado, a national show.
2020 Juried Art Show - Maria V. Howard Arts Center, May 1 through August 16, 2020, Rocky Mount, NC, a national show of all media.
2020 311 Gallery ABSTRACTS MATTER Juried Show, Raleigh, NC, March 5 through March 28, 2020, an international joint show of 2D and 3D artists.
Pushing Paper: Realizing the Potential of the Medium, August 11 through September 22, 2018, Poughkeepsie, NY, an international joint show of of 2D and 3D artists.
South Cobb Arts Alliance 31st Annual National Juried Art Exhibition, August 11 through September 19, 2018, Smyrna, GA, a joint show.
The Lincoln Gallery 2018 National Fine Art Show, May 11 through June 8, 2018, Loveland, CO, a joint show of all fine art media.