My name is Jason Nugent, and I am an adventure and rally 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 ninety 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. Recent expeditions have taken place in the Scottish Hebrides, the Faroe Islands, and Nepal.
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. Long exposures and graduated or solid neutral density filters capture fluidity of movement against static backgrounds 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. I’ve also had the privilege of spending time studying with outdoor great Lars Schneider, and portrait maestro Peter Hurley.
During the month of May 2016 at Gallery 78 in Fredericton, New Brunswick, I exhibited a solo show that the Canadian Art Federation called a must-see in Canada the first week it ran. I was also short listed for a World Nomads writing scholarship in July 2016. In December 2016 I was awarded an Emerging Artist Infrastructure Grant from ArtsNB.
I am a collaborator for Altitude Sports in Montreal, and an F-Stop Gear staff pro, representing Canada. I am always fascinated by what other people are working on, and even if you just want to share your creative endeavours with an appreciative audience, I’d enjoy hearing from you.