Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Photography of Jesse Chehak

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I have had a lifelong love affair with the American West. Though tired and overused, the idea American self-reliance and scrappy ingenuity is neither unique nor particularly American, but it is a cliche that is impossible to avoid when you are repairing a carburetor in Yellowstone Park or watching the Rocky Mountains pass under your airplane as you listen to Johnny Cash. Not sure why the sky is bigger in the West, but it is.

From Jesse Chehak, as interviewed by Nicole Pasulka at The Morning News:

I’ve heard artists like Catherine Opie describe landscape photography as portraiture of a place. Are there similarities between your portraiture and your landscape photography?

I have heard a few artists attempt to lump all their work into the category of “portraiture,” and in all honesty, I am never convinced aside from that it makes for thoughtful conversation. My work is about life, and often this is bigger then just the human experience. It is my understanding that a portrait is about people, but sometimes life happens without people. The similarity is in the approach. I equally respect and cherish both land and the very giving people in my life.