Jason Nugent is an outdoor, action sport and commercial photographer who has been pursuing the craft for more than 10 years. 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 ninety countries for many clients and in many capacities.
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 document stark landscapes in remote regions of the world. Long exposures and graduated or solid neutral density filters capture fluidity of movement against static backgrounds and have become staples of his work. Mountains, snow, intense cold and prolonged periods of hard effort provide ample motivation.
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. In recent years, he has had the privilege of working with outdoor great Lars Schneider and portrait maestro Peter Hurley.
Jason currently lives in Fredericton, New Brunswick. He is an F-Stop Gear Staff pro photographer and a collaborator for Altitude Sports in Montreal. In 2016 he was awarded an emerging artist infrastructure grant from the New Brunswick Arts Board, and co-operates a studio at the Charlotte Street Arts Centre.