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Portrait about Grief

I have been thinking a lot about grief and how it effects us all. As an artist I have the need to express myself through photos. I am attempting to make something to speak to the process of grieving.

Grief feels like this to me. When the world starts to unravel around us, when it seems surreal that everything keeps going on despite our pain, as if everything is normal, when it seems that nothing will ever be the same for us again. We experience grief at different times and for different reasons, but that initial shock is universal.

This is the 1st in a series of 3 images. The other images are yet to be created, but are on their waysaj_1578-a2

 

Izzy and Alex get married!

Rhode Island Wedding Photographer Seth Jacobson at The Hyatt Newport RI

Stephanie and Nick got married at the Hyatt in Newport RI earlier this year this is a small showcase from their beautiful wedding!

The Golden Gate Bridge by Seth Jacobson Photography

I woke up this morning in San Francisco, and snuck out of bed in the dark. Luckily we had amazing light today. Here are a couple photos I created of The Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge by Seth Jacobson Photography

The Golden Gate Bridge by Seth Jacobson Photography

The Golden Gate Bridge by Seth Jacobson Photography

The Golden Gate Bridge by Seth Jacobson Photography

Portrait and Wedding photographer Seth Jacobson: self portraits with phone

My series of self portraits highlighting the disconnect that I see around me from the use of the little magic boxes we all carry with us. I am guilty of this myself from time to time. These images are meant to show me missing out on the beauty around me because I’m looking at my phone. To steal a quote from John Lennon, “Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans” I do love what my phone allows me to do. Please don’t mistake my intentions, I just need a reminder (as I believe many of us do) to put the phone down sometimes and take in the beauty around us

Castle Hill By Seth Jacobson Photography

Castle Hill By Seth Jacobson Photography

Rhodes on the Pawtuxet by Seth Jacobson Photography

Rhodes on the Pawtuxet by Seth Jacobson Photography

The Mount Hope Bridge by Seth Jacobson Photography

The Mount Hope Bridge by Seth Jacobson Photography

Trinity Church Newport RI by Seth Jacobson Photography

Trinity Church Newport RI by Seth Jacobson Photography

The Old Lyme Inn by Seth Jacobson Photography

The Old Lyme Inn by Seth Jacobson Photography

The Newport Bridge by Seth Jacobson Photography

The Newport Bridge by Seth Jacobson Photography

The Chanler Newport RI by Seth Jacobson Photography

The Chanler Newport RI by Seth Jacobson Photography

Portraits, Weddings, Bar Mitzvah’s OH MY 2013

As 2013 comes to a close, here are just a small taste of the photos we created during 2013! Dig it!

Ignite Talk about Photography and Truth

I had the pleasure of being the very 1st presenter in front of a sold out crowd at the very 1st Ignite Southern RI put on by The Southern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce 

This was an exciting and inspirational evening of speakers that was an honor to be a part of! Thank you to everyone that worked so hard to make it come together!

The Rhode Island Portrait Project: Bethany Geaber actress

I have another installment of my very exciting portrait project. I love my community and there are some amazing people making Rhode Island a wonderful place to live. I have decided to photograph the people who are really making “IT” happen here in my community in a (hopefully) creative and fun way that tells a story about who those people are and what they are doing for their little section of the world.

This is Bethany Geaber she is an actress. You can visit her website here We wanted to create a really unique portrait for Bethany. As an actress she has to transform herself into many different people to tell stories, and I really wanted to tell a short story with three characters. What do you think the story is? What just happened? What happens next? I am fascinated by these three ladies and by Bethany’s ability to change into different people.

Bethany Geaber for The Rhode Island Portrait Project

Bethany Geaber for The Rhode Island Portrait Project

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=m77YrTvEyT4

The Rhode Island Portrait Project: John Ford

I have another installment of my very exciting portrait project. I love my community and there are some amazing people making Rhode Island a wonderful place to live. I have decided to photograph the people who are really making “IT” happen here in my community in a (hopefully) creative and fun way that tells a story about who those people are and what they are doing for their little section of the world.

This is John Ford he owns Manic Training John is a man who has helped me to change my body; I can now say with confidence that I am strong. I am turning 39 in a month, and all my life I have been very happy with the way that I looked and felt. I’m not one of those low self-esteem kind of people, but I have also known that I’m not a particularly physically strong person, either. So to reach middle age (oh my god really!!! middle age wow) and to have such a different view of myself is really a wonderful experience. This has come out of some really hard work. I owe that to John Ford and Manic Training. John is a patient teacher, the kind of trainer that will push you to the next level without being a jerk about it. Always attentive but never pushy. You can see by this photo that he takes his own health and well-being seriously. I am extremely proud of this portrait we created. If you have ever worked hard to achieve a goal, you know that there is struggle, determination and hope all mixed together. I feel that we got that across in this portrait.

Click on the photo to see it at its proper size and watch the video below to find out more about the project.

 

John Ford from Manic Training for the Rhode Island Portrait Project

John Ford from Manic Training for the Rhode Island Portrait Project

 

 

The Rhode Island Portrait Project Erich Manser Blind Triathlete

I have another installment of my very exciting portrait project. I love my community and there are some amazing people making Rhode Island a wonderful place to live. I have decided to photograph the people who are really making “IT” happen here in my community in a (hopefully) creative and fun way that tells a story about who those people are and what they are doing for their little section of the world.

This most recent portrait is of Erich Manser. Erich is an extra-ordinary individual. Not only is he a world-class athlete, but he is legally blind. When I 1st saw Erich in the “Firm Man” triathlon I was mystified 1st at how incredibly fast he was moving but also my mind spun thinking about the difficulty of what he was doing (swimming 1.2 miles in open ocean, running 13.1 miles and biking 56 miles) with out the sight that you and I enjoy and use to navigate the world. He has a limited vision and describes what he can see as looking through a pair of toilet paper rolls with wax paper covering the ends, and he is loosing his eyesight more with every passing day.He is guided through these races by another racer of equal or better athletic ability, they tie a rope to each other for the swim and he runs with his hand on the guides shoulder, and then they ride a tandem bike.

 I really wanted to honor Erich with this portrait. We met to talk about the concept and he explained that before he has starting loosing his eyesight he had been a swimmer and now swimming is his strongest section of the race for him. So we decided to create this portrait in the water. We got up in the dark and went down to the Ocean and waited for the sun light to emerge. So the portrait was actually created before the sunrise in the pre-dawn light.

Here is a link to Erich’s Blog and some more info on his inspirational story.

Dig his tag line, “You don’t need eyesight to have vision” I can only hope my vision does justice to this great man.

Click on the photo to see it at its proper size and watch the video below to find out more about the project.

Erich Manser for the Rhode Island Portrait Project

Light The Way, Lighting workshop Narragansett Rhode Island, Portrait Photography

I am very proud to announce the 2nd lighting workshop I am putting on with the talented Brad Smith! Here is the info on how to sign up if you want to take your photography to the next level. We will have models that will be done up professionally by the lovely and talented Lynda Williams of Formal Hair Design and make up by the beautiful Jennifer Hodge of Spectrum Make up Artistry

Lighting workshop info

Tarbox Toyota Grand Opening Event!

I was proud to photograph the grand opening event for Tarbox Toyota in North Kingstown RI.

Ed Tarbox is a wonderful man who is making “IT” happen here in our beautiful state of Rhode Island. He recently built this beautiful building and  put on a wonderful grand opening event. Here are some of the images I made from this great event!

Wedding Photos of Cranston Country Club

Taking advantage of the beautiful fog rolling in after a pretty overcast day, I created these two beautiful photos at Cranston CC tonight while second shooting for Kelly Meyer of KM photography We worked with the very fun Daylight Production Video company check out there website!

Which one do you like better? I can’t decide…

beautiful wedding portrait at Cranston CC

Beautiful Wedding portrait at Cranston CC

When life comes at you

I have been feeling the weight of life coming down on me lately. This wonderful quote from Leonard Cohen helps keep things in perspective

There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in.

Beautiful Landscape Photos of Providence Rhode Island

I photographed the Power Plant in Providence Rhode Island this week Here is what I made. I think it is a lovely photo showing off what I have wanted to capture since I moved here in 1995. Sometimes good photographs take their time to come to the surface 🙂

Providence Rhode Island

The Towers Narragansett Rhode Island

This is a photograph of the Towers Narragansett RI that I took last year. The Towers is one of my favorite places in the world hosting many weddings, and public events like music and dancing every thursday night in the summer time for the past 14 years!

The Towers Narragansett RI

Beautiful Photo of URI

The University of Rhode Island

I photographed at URI last week and the photo shoot produced this beautiful picture. I LOVE fall photos!

 

 

 

Beautiful landscape photos of Charlstown RI

Yesterday was a beautiful foggy day and I was lucky enough to have my camera and be in a place that looks like this… Sometimes you just get lucky!

beautiful landscape with fog

Art and Poetry Exhibit at Roger Williams Law School

I am very pleased to announce my latest big project!

Photography and poetry meet in new exhibit

BRISTOL — Two Rhode Island artists have launched an exhibit exploring the relationship between different art forms.
Dating to ancient Greece, “ekphrasis” is the practice of literary writing about visual art. In “Braving the Light: Rhode Island Portraits in Photography and Poetry,” poet Kim Baker imagines the story behind a selection of work by photographer Seth Jacobson — the secret lives of early morning passengers at Kingston Station; an unlikely love story set against the Pell Bridge in Newport; and what pebbles rolling in the surf on the Saunderstown shoreline tell us about the cosmos and ourselves.
The exhibit, sponsored by the Bristol Art Museum, is on display in the second floor atrium at the Roger Williams University School of Law through Jan. 9, 2012. The building is located at 10 Metacom Ave.
A reception for the artists will be held Friday November 4th from 4:00 to 8:00 PM. The event is open to the public, and refreshments will be served.
Also on display are photographs from Jacobson’s Rhode Island Portrait Project, a series highlighting community-minded working professionals in southern Rhode Island.

About the artists:
When she isn’t teaching the virtues of the comma at Roger Williams University School of Law, writing poetry about big hair and Elvis, and doing the Cha-Cha, Kim Baker works to end violence against women. Her poems have been published online and in print and essays broadcast on National Public Radio, and she is currently working on a book of ekphrasis poems. She lives in Warwick and shares her musings at http://thinkingoutsidethesign.blogspot.com/

Based in Saunderstown, Seth Jacobson is a professional wedding, portrait and bar/bat mitzvah photographer since 1999. Jacobson and his work have been featured in Rhode Island newspapers and other publications including TIME magazine. His volunteer work includes photography for The DMP Annual Thanksgiving Home Makeover in South County; The American Diabetes Association; The American Cancer Society; The Jimmy Fund, and Butler Hospital. He shares photography and lighting tips on his blog, https://sethjacobson.wordpress.com/

"Braving the light"

Turn sideways into the light, as they say the old ones did, and disappear into the originality of it all.  David Whyte

Be brave.

Take a walk along the rock-strewn beach.

In the rain.

The pebbles will never be as treacherous

or as beautiful

as when they are wet.

Hold a few stones

in the deep place beneath your fingers

and above your palm:

orange and gray

egg speckled

and the one black as a whale’s back.

Then hold one to your nose

and smell time itself

for you are holding the cosmos

something primal and full of stories.

And now, you are a chapter too.

And when rock and sand and salt

take your breath away

and you have no idea

which way is home,

face the bay

where a single sunray

glazes the waves.

Then turn sideways into the light

as they say the old ones did

and disappear into the originality of it all

carrying with you time itself

and the satisfaction and contentment

only courage brings.

Beautiful Landscape Photography Barn Island CT

I went for a walk at Barn Island in CT near Stonington yesterday. It was a beautiful day and it is a fabulous place. This is what it looked like!

As always click on the photo to see it at the right size!

Barn Island Ct

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