Competition Judge: Jean Pierre Ple (7:30 PM EST)
Jean Pierre Plé
Jean-Pierre’s interest in photography goes back to the 1970s in conjunction with his desire to record a solo crossing of the United States by bicycle. Influenced by Galen Rowell, his camera has since been an essential part of his gear whether sea kayaking in Alaska, trekking in Patagonia, or backpacking in West Virginia’s Monongahela National Forest. His subjects have expanded from an original focus on nature and landscapes, to now also include abstracts, architecture, macro, contemplative, and street photography, almost anything where a strong visual and emotional message is formed by shapes, lines, or contrast in color or tones. Jean-Pierre switched from film to digital about 5 years ago, and his last film experience was with a large format (4x5) camera. He enjoyed large format because it forced him to slow down, to concentrate, and really think what he was trying to create (all the while looking at an image on the ground glass that was up-side down and reversed). His most recent work is greatly influenced from working with Freeman Patterson, Joseph Miller, Joe Cameron, and Sam Abell, all of whom have helped him to improve his ability to “see” and to better incorporate principles visual design in his images.
He is a member of the North Bethesda Camera Club. His work has been part of numerous group exhibitions in the Washington, DC area, including the Washington Printmakers Gallery, Dupont Underground, Waverly Street Gallery, the Photoworks Gallery, PhotoWalk in Crystal City, Nature Visions, Lowe House of Delegates in Annapolis, Herndon ArtSpace, and Joe Miller’s annual abstract exhibits.