Lost in the Water
There was literally no where else to go. As a photographer, my world had been increasingly limited by my health. The natural world that I loved seemingly had turned into an enemy. As someone committed to the environment, I had always hoped my work could somehow help to protect our water. Turns out, I needed the water’s help much more than it needed mine.
I found a place where I could be close to the water, and yet safe from it and from pretty much any other potential threat. At first, I photographed it as I might a landscape, trying to capture the overall scene. That was interesting, but ultimately didn’t work. It was just too messy, a state of mind I couldn’t handle. I narrowed down my field of view over weeks and finally found a “zone.” I was lost. That was where I needed to be. The idea of being “lost in the water” tends to invoke a fear of drowning, which is understandable. I found just the opposite.
James Hunt’s photography explores the interdependent and often conflicted relationship between human activity and the natural environment. Hunt has had solo exhibitions at the Jewish Community Center of Worcester, Sorenson Center for the Arts at Babson College, and the Westborough (Massachusetts) Public Library. His work has also been exhibited at the Brush Gallery in Lowell, Massachusetts, Rockport Art Association and the Griffin Museum of Photography. He has been chosen for juried exhibition at Photoplace Gallery (Vermont) and the Northern Valley Art League (California). He has self-published a number of photography related books including most recently, Mysteries of Manteo. Images from his portfolio, “Constructing Quabbin,” were published in the June 2015 edition of Black and White Magazine, from which James received a Merit Award.
Hunt is a graduate of the Professional Photography Program at the Center for Digital Imaging Arts at Boston University and has also studied at the International Center of Photography, Maine Media College and the Griffin Museum of Photography. He received his doctorate from Boston University and is currently is associate professor of management at Babson College where he teaches entrepreneurship and organizational behavior and studies creativity. His studio is in Westborough, MA. Hunt lives in Grafton with his wife, Chris, and poodle, Teddy.
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