JASON JACKSON IS A VISUAL ARTIST SPECIALIZING IN PHOTOGRAPHY. ORIGINALLY HAILING FROM RIVERHEAD, NY, HE HAS BEEN A RESIDENT OF HARLEM NOW FOR OVER 15 YEARS. AS A NATIVE NEW YORKER, JASON HAS ALWAYS BEEN INFATUATED WITH CULTURAL EXPRESSION, BE IT FROM A PERSON'S UNIQUE SENSE OF STYLE TO A RANDOM MOMENT OF URBAN LIVING. TRAVELING EXTENSIVELY ACROSS THE GLOBE HAS HELPED JASON DEVELOP A KEEN SENSE OF CAPTURING THE ESSENCE OF A SINGLE POINT IN TIME.
“MY INITIAL INTENT AND FORAY INTO PHOTOGRAPHY WAS TO CAPTURE THOSE INTENSELY PERSONAL MOMENTS THAT I WAS EXPERIENCING WHETHER I WAS TRAVELING ABROAD OR WITHIN MY OWN CITY. INTERACTING WITH DIFFERENT CULTURES AND PEOPLE AND BEING ABLE TO CAPTURE THAT SINGULAR MOMENT IN TIME WAS IMPORTANT TO ME. I ADMIT THE INITIAL THOUGHT PROCESS CAME FROM A SELFISH PLACE. I WANTED TO CAPTURE AND KEEP A MOMENT FOR MYSELF, BUT THEN I BECAME ACUTELY AWARE OF THE IMPORTANCE OF SHARING AND IMMORTALIZING THOSE MOMENTS NOT JUST FOR MYSELF BUT ALSO FOR THE PERSONS OR SITUATIONS THAT PIQUED MY INTEREST. MY JOURNEY HAS EVOLVED FROM BECOMING A DISTANT OBSERVER TO A MORE ACTIVE PARTICIPANT THAT IS INVESTED IN THE EMOTION AND GRAVITY OF THE MOMENT.”
This body of work sets out to explore and expose the state of humanity in celebration of what we as humans have in common, regardless of culture, color or socioeconomic status. Whether you are a citizen of the modern western world or a child in a North African nation, there is a common thread that binds us all together - our humanity. This is often forgotten when the individuals appointed to lead and guide us toward a common good choose to stoke the fires of conflict that highlight our differences instead of celebrating the things we share in common. More often than not, the visual landscape is not pretty. Sometimes it is tragic and gut wrenching. Sometimes it is hilarious and light hearted. Yet other times it is stunningly beautiful in its simplicity, or even sensual and intimate. The acceptable and the taboo are all part of what binds us. What we share as people, what unites and reminds us that we are all human beings, can be reinforced and tended to regardless of the landscape, gender, or our economic disparities. Capturing these moments as they have unfold before me at home and abroad has helps me maintain my own sense of empathy, awareness and connectedness to my own humanity and hopefully does the same for the viewer/audience as well.