Jim Sincock

2014 RAM Artist Fellowship Winner

Artist Statement

Photography is a meditation for me. It allows me to slow down, quiet my mind, become more present, and see more deeply. My landscape images explore a sense of peace and solitude, a sense of grandeur, or simply beauty. My still life work explores stories of fading memories or lost dreams. My tendency for darker printing and a sense of solitude in my work can convey a sense of loneliness, yet my desire is to share the beauty that can be found in that loneliness, which everyone has within themselves. My use of large format cameras, antique lenses, black and white film, and historic processes like wet plate collodion and dry plate glass negatives help to create a timeless and ethereal feel to my work.

Some of my work blurs the boundaries between historic and modern techniques. My Meditations on Dying series began with iPhone images, which were then printed as large format inkjet negatives and then contact printed using historic processes such as salt printing and cyanotype. These hand-made processes allow for imperfections in my work and give it a richer sense of time and history--a feeling that is often not found in digital photography, which often seems to strive for an illusory sense of perfection.

Some of my newer work explores the use of liquid emulsion brushed onto hand-made papers, wood, and other substrates, as well as the use of photo encaustic. These techniques add another dimension, add to the piece’s story, and create one-of-a-kind pieces of photographic art. Art is nourishing, and my hope with my art is to share something that touches viewers on a deeper level.

 

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Conversation in the Studio
Jim Sincock and RAM's Curator of Exhibitions Lena Vigna

Jim Sincock
Divination, 2013
Photo encaustic
6 x 6 inches
Photography Courtesy of the Artist
Jim Sincock
Flow, 2012
Silver gelatin print from dry plate glass negative
16 x 20 inches
Photography Courtesy of the Artist
Jim Sincock
Salt Valley, 2013
Tintype
8 x 10 inches
Photography Courtesy of the Artist
Jim Sincock
Untold Stories No. 15, 2012
Black glass Ambrotype
3 x 4 inches
Photography Courtesy of the Artist
Jim Sincock
Meditation, 2013
Tea toned Cyanotype print
8 x 8 inches
Photography Courtesy of the Artist