I made these photographs mainly in the fields of the Salinas Valley, exposing the negatives at slow shutter speeds from a moving car. I used panning to emphasize parts of the scene and to blur others, and printed the images using a color palette similar to that available to a pastel artist. The selective blurring and muted colors render the workers anonymous, making the image less a portrayal of a particular time and place and more an archetype for all similar work.
Jim Kasson is a retired electrical engineer who spent six years as an IBM Fellow doing research on color management and other image processing algorithms. A life-long photographer, he has been exhibiting photographs since the early ‘80s. Most of his earlier work is traditional silver-based black and white photography. For the last fourteen or fifteen years he has relied upon digital editing and printing processes.
2011 Juried Exhibition Published January 29, 2011
Metaphors, Masks, & Movement Published August 18, 2010
Forty Years of Portraits Published February 09, 2010
2009 Juried Exhibition Published September 30, 2009
PhotoCalligraphy Published March 16, 2009
Nighthawks Published August 31, 2008
Carmel Bach Festival 2008 Published July 30, 2008
Nighthawks Published July 03, 2008