He is an outstanding location photographer, with an eye that can capture the soul of a Havana back street as beautifully as the sip of a hungry hummingbird, often with compelling black and white images. But Jay Ressler is best known for artistic expression that lives in layers between opposites.
“I like to explore boundaries,” he explains. “Boundaries between consciousness and the unconscious, between reality and imagination, between certainty and skepticism.”
He does this by compositing his own photography in multiple layers to produce stunningly original, interleaved images tell the story.
“Distorting and reinterpreting the literal 'machine moments' captured by the camera is as old as the art of photography,” he insists.
Jay studied advanced digital photography at Pittsburgh Filmmakers and advanced encaustic techniques with leading instructors in the field. He worked as an underground coal miner, steelworker, machinist, labor and civil rights activist He’s also a poet. The Artistic Spirit of Paris and Barcelona 2014, a self-published book he and his wife Martha coauthored, features some of his photography and prose.