Jan Kapoor has been involved in fine art photography for many years,
her primary interests being landscape, natural abstraction and still life.
She prints extensively in alternative processes including cyanotype and platinum/
palladium. Digital technology is another important creative tool in her work.
Kapoor uses medium and large format cameras, and has been drawn to specialize
in pinhole imagery for the past several years. She finds that pinhole is
most expressive of the imperceptible passage of time, making visible that
which is invisible to the ordinary eye, and of the mystery of non-human life
which surrounds us.
Kapoor's artistic expression has been greatly enhanced by her fine arts
background, which includes studies in painting at the Museum of Fine Arts
School in Boston; a two-year program in fine art photography at the Southeastern
Center for Photographic Arts; and completion of a Bachelor of Fine Arts summa
cum laude in photography at Georgia State University. In addition, she cites
influences on her work such as Clarence John Laughlin, Julia Margaret Cameron
and John McWilliams, among many others.
Kapoor exhibits her work extensively: locally, nationally and internationally.
Her work is in private collections throughout the world, and is also in several
private and corporate collections in the United States. She has published
several books of her work, including The Intertidal World; Camera Obscura;
Japan: A Visual Journal; and Ossabaw Island.
In February of 2009 I realized a long-held dream and made my first trip
to Ossabaw Island, spending three days photographing with a small group of
fellow artists, photographers and naturalists. I love the coastal landscapes
of the Southeast, and of Georgia in particular, and of all the barrier islands
I have visited so far, Ossabaw, with its varied and unspoiled landscapes,
speaks most powerfully to me.
The images from this first trip were made through the use of Lensbaby
optics on a digital SLR, as I attempted to express my wonder at the beauty
of this world apart. On subsequent trips, I have been making images with
several different pinhole cameras. For me, the pinhole aesthetic evokes the
timeless, unique and magical qualities of the island.
When I come away from Ossabaw, I carry Ossabaw within me, haunted forever
by this seemingly unchanging, yet continually changing, world of sea, sky
and land. I hope through this body of work to create awareness of the natural
beauty of Ossabaw among my viewers, and to awaken as many as possible to
the need to preserve this small paradise for all time.