Pershing Field in Jersey City New Jersey | Photograph by Jonathan Carroll
Welcome! Thank you for stopping by my new blog. I still consider my work a visual diary, so it is exciting for me to have a blog integrated into my new website. In case this is your first landing page, my name is Jonathan Carroll, and I am a photographer in Jersey City, New Jersey. With a particular interest in still life and fine art documentary photography, I aim to captivate the viewer in the details we either tend to overlook, or are simply incapable of immersing ourselves in without the aid of technology. I graduated from the School of Visual Arts with a BFA in Photography in 2007, and have continued to fine tune my professional career ever since.
Like many other artists I admire — Vic Muniz, Gordon Parks, et al. — I entered my professional career working for commercial means. It started off simply for money to stay afloat after graduating, but I realized that I was not going to get anything out of a paycheck other than a number, so I really focused on making the experience positive and beneficial in the long run. What I have ultimately learned 7 years later is that if I am going to get into a heated argument, it is not going to be over handbags. Luckily for me, these same skills are needed to expose domestic and global issues that should not go unnoticed. My experience marketing to the most affluent members of our society has given me skills I never could have taken away from art school alone, and it is why I encourage artists, even short-term, to step outside of their comfort zone and learn what it really takes to run a business.
Where are we today? Well, as I alluded to earlier, writing is definitely an important aspect of my photography, and I’m very happy to share my thoughts at large regarding art, design, and photography. It truly is an amazing time to be alive for visual artists like myself, but we have a lot of work to do as well. I don’t think I could ever live away from a big city, and as a photographer in Jersey City — one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the country — I’ll be sure to show you how to appreciate what is around.
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