My name is Jason Nugent, and I am an outdoor photographer. I have been photographing since the early 2000s, roughly around the time that I started to travel and hike in remote locations around the world. I have photographed in more than eighty countries, including the Qadisha valley in Lebanon, the remote western deserts of Egypt, the highlands of Iceland, the Atlas mountains in Morocco, Patagonia, the GR20 route in Corsica, Scandinavia, Central America, the High Tatras in Eastern Europe, the grand redwood forests in northern California, Turkey, the Sierra Nevadas in Spain, Croatia, Bosnia, and Montenegro.
My first real camera was an old Polaroid Instamatic that I used to take photos of my family as a kid. Years later, when digital was becoming more popular I bought a Fujifilm Finepix, and that's when things started getting serious. I remember 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.
My goal is to attempt to capture in some meaningful way the stark landscapes that exist in remote regions of the world. As such, much of my work is monochromatic as I find that singular colours, black or otherwise, often illustrate form best. Long exposures and graduated or solid neutral density filters capture fluidity of movement against static backgrounds and have become a staple of my work. I document humble human existence in relation to the natural world; contrasting the fragility of human design with the majesty of the surrounding landscape.
I draw 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. I also love the immediacy of Henri Cartier-Bresson's work.