Jason Nugent is an outdoor photographer who has been photographing since the early 2000’s. It was around that time that he started to travel and hike in remote locations around the world. He has since photographed in more than eighty countries.
Jason's first camera was a Polaroid Instamatic which he used to photograph his family when he was a child. Years later, when digital was becoming more popular he picked up a Fujifilm Finepix, and that’s when things started getting serious. He recalls being absolutely thrilled at the prospect of being able to take a photo of something and immediately have the image. Instant gratification goes a long way.
His goal is to capture the stark landscapes that exist in remote regions of the world. Much of his work is monochromatic as he finds that singular colour, black or otherwise, often illustrates form best. Long exposures and graduated or solid neutral density filters capture fluidity of movement against static backgrounds and have become staples of his work. Jason documents humble human existence in relation to the natural world; contrasting the fragility of human design with the majesty of the surrounding landscape.
Photography is a study of light, and who better to provide insight into light than the grand masters? Jason draws inspiration from classical landscape photographers like Ansel Adams and Galen Rowell, expedition photographers including Jimmy Chin and Tim Kemple, and Josef Albers, a pioneer in the fields of shape and composition. The immediacy of Henri Cartier-Bresson’s work also finds appeal. Recently, he has had the privilege of working with outdoor great Lars Schneider and portrait maestro Peter Hurley.
Jason currently lives in Fredericton, New Brunswick.