A photograph is a membrane through which subject, memory and emotion transmigrate.
Through my great grandfather, Arnold Johnston, I became infatuated with the ability of a photograph to tell stories, ignite imagination and curiosity, and to illuminate a fleeting moment in time. My life-long passion for photography began when he showed me his glorious black and white photograph collection of family and friends from decades past. Then he showed me how to operate his viewfinder camera....and I was hooked.
I have a passion for photographing people and capturing those beautiful and fleeting moments when their spirit seems to soar into the frame with a special essence, a thought, an emotion or some thread of a story.
As a former ballet dancer we used to call that moment where everything clicks and there is this sublime effortlessness on stage the "moment of magic". In Spain the Flamenco dancers call it "duende" and it maintains a significance that transcends the physical realm. I believe that everyone possesses a beauty and spirit that is photographable – a personal "duende" moment that exists in the right moment and with the right frame of mind. As a photographer I want this for myself, and for my clients.
While actively practicing the art of photography throughout my life I also enjoyed a career as a dancer, choreographer and later as artistic and executive directors of arts organizations. In 2004 I made the life-changing decision to devote myself entirely to photography and took a year long sabbatical to make a photo documentary on a small fishing village in Mexico. This was followed by a move from my home in Boston to Taos, New Mexico where for two years I developed a studio practice and created work for a variety of galleries, exhibits and art venues.
In 2009 I relocated to Ithaca, NY where I have a portrait studio downtown as well as a personal studio in my home overlooking Cayuga Lake. I continue to make fine art photography and have brought my fine art sensibility to my work with portraits. Every photograph is opportunity to create art.
Over the years I have been fortunate enough to workshop with and be mentored by some incredibly talented photographers including Lucas & Kathy Cichon, Joyce Tenneson, Gregory Heisler, Robert Meyer, David Turner and many others. Each of them were incredibly generous in sharing their stories, expertise and advice, which in turn, encouraged me to stretch my artistic and technical vision as a photographer. Photographers, like everyone, need to keep learning, keep it fresh, listen, experiment, fall down, get up and look at the world and the people we photograph with a new sense of awe and wonder. Life is a miracle and everyday is a chance to be inspired by something new.
Jari Poulin 2005-Present
State of the Art Gallery (SOAG) Juried Prize Winner, March 2012
Honored to have received a juried prize for participating in SOAG's 23rd Annual Juried Photo Show where over 75 photographers were represented.
COLOR Magazine Portfolio Contest Winner 2010-11
August 2010 received COLOR Magazine's highest award as a Spotlight Winner in the Portfolio Contest. COLOR Magazine will be publishing a four-page feature on my work in one of the June 2011 issue of B&W and COLOR Magazine which is now a combined publication.
COLOR Magazine Single Image Award Winner 2009-10
February 2010 received a Merit Award from COLOR Magazine for a submission to the Single Image Awards Competition. Photo(s) to appear in Special Edition issue in March 2010.
Photo Documentary Project in Yelapa, Jalisco, Mexico
2005-2006 spent six months photo-documenting the life of a small fishing village. Designed and maintained a photo blog to share the experience with photos and writings. Return annually to document rapid changes in this unique fishing village. Project will continue over a ten-year period 2005 to 2015 and culminate in an exhibit and potential book project.
Taos Gallery Association , Taos, NM
May 2006, one month exhibit for the "Spring Arts" exhibit
Gary Williams Gallery, Taos, NM
Representation 2005 of the "Yelapa Series"
Cichon Fine Arts Gallery, Taos, NM
"Brown Paper Wrapper" exhibit, October 2006, nude photography
Golden Fine Arts Festival, Golden. CO
Santa Fe Fine Arts Festival, Santa Fe, NM
Red River Fine Arts and Wine Festival, Red River, NM
Taos Fine Arts Festival, Taos, NM
Taos Open Art Show, Taos, NM
Former Gallery Representation
Open Space Gallery, Taos NM
Rane Gallery, Taos, NM
Taos Center for the Arts, Stables Gallery, Taos, NM
Two person exhibit with Mexican painter, Deimoz, July and October 2006