Jim Lazos, New York City Member Since January 2012 Artist Statement I began primarily as a painter and began taking photographs about twelve years ago. Beginning in black and white I learned that I had an attraction to darker aspects of landscapes. Taken in certain light otherwise neutral landscapes could become exciting and take on a totally different character. In my portrait work, I often find that capturing a candid expression during a shoot that is not the intention of the subject can often result in a powerful image. The setting, as well, can inform upon the subject. As a result, I approach my work as a dialogue between the medium and myself with the conversation comprised of the states the work goes through and the conclusion manifested in the finished piece. What I seek through this approach is a resonance of ideas in which the original thoughts become less important than their translation into the work. What I hope is that the traces left behind by this process will impact the viewer of my images by stimulating their own internal dialogue. Therefore, in using my thoughts and experiences to inspire my work, I seek to initiate a thought or a scenario, rather than convey one.