Jim Crotty, Dayton, Ohio Member Since July 2006 Artist Statement I’m an artist, creative photographer and workshop presenter who owns and manages Picture Ohio LLC from a home studio and office located on an eight acre historic farm property near Dayton Ohio. I’m originally from Dayton but has also lived in Salt Lake City, Utah and on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. I’ve been involved with photography since the mid-1970’s, starting out with a Pentax camera and a black and white darkroom in the basement of my childhood home. In addition to my work with fine art nature and landscape photography I provide commercial and editorial photography services that include architectural, product, portrait and event imaging.
In 2007 one of my wildlife photographs was chosen for publication in National Wildlife and Nature’s Best magazines as well as shown at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum in Washington, D.C. Images have also been published in USA Today and the Smithsonian Magazine. Installations of my fine art nature prints can be viewed at hospitals and medical centers in Dayton, Columbus, Lima and Portsmouth, Ohio. My editorial clients include Great Lakes Publishing, the University of Dayton, Housetrends Magazine, Orange Frazer Press, Gray and Co. Publishers, Ohio State Parks and the Dayton/Montgomery County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
CPP (Certified Professional Photographer) designation through Professional Photographers of America earned in 2009. A number of awards through juried print competitions with the Professional Photographers of Ohio.
I teach and present both introductory and advanced photography workshops on nature and landscape photography, digital editing and workflow and developing artistic vision. I shoot almost entirely with digital equipment including Canon EOS camera bodies and Canon L lenses and utilize Mac based hardware for editing, post-processing and digital file management.
Graduate of both the University of Dayton and Westminster College of Salt Lake City. Veteran of the United States Marine Corps Reserve. Hence the self-determination needed to eventually say I graduated from those schools as well as an "appreciation" for summers in South Carolina.
Constantly inspired by the works of David Middleton, Art Wolfe, Jim Brandenburg, Tom Till, Guy Tal, Rick Sammon, and of course, the masters, Weston, Adams and Strand.
I love life and discovering what truly matters in life by seeking the good light, lifting my heart and finding peace.