"I have a deep connection with the earth, and much of my photography is a romance with the sheer beauty that it reveals in its landscapes. Sometimes I am even given the opportunity to capture secret, sacred places that are impossible to find except by people native to the land. It is with wonder and gratitude that I found such extraordinary friends who shared these places with me. They were asking me to tell the story – of our adventures together, our friendship, and the land. These photograph tells these stories." ~ Storm Jones
Storm Jones is a photographer currently living in Northern California. Originally an artist exploring abstraction, he increasingly became attracted to photography because of his travels and encounters with special people, who shared with him their private, magic places ~ places that have rarely been seen by outsiders ~ that he felt were asking to be recognized, respected, and preserved. Storm has traveled in Europe and across the United States. He studied journalism and fine art. Storm Jones shoots all over the world, but has a special love for California landscapes.
Largely self-taught in photography, he has worked with and been mentored by world famous photographers. He shoots with an archaic, large format camera (Fuji GX 617) that is cumbersome and difficult at best. "In the digital age, photographers get their reward immediately because they can see immediately whether the shot was good. With film it's a crap shoot, because you can't see what you've shot until you develop the film, miles and days away from the location. Digital would be easier, but as an artist and explorer, I decided to stay with film because the mystery and anticipation is part of the adventure. When I develop the film, I always get surprises. Sometimes it's a major disappointment, and sometimes it's beyond what I dreamed of. I hope some of them do my friends and their special places justice.” ~ Storm Jones