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Jake Jacobson

Minneapolis Community and Technical College


Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park, WY

Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park, WY, Archival Giclée

Artist Statement

Jake Jacobson received his Masters in Design from the University Minnesota, BFA from MCAD, and Osaka University of Arts, Japan. He is a practicing professional artist, and has taught art, design, history, and education studies courses at Minneapolis Community and Technical College, University of Minnesota, University of Wisconsin, and the College of Visual Arts for over 3 decades. Jacobson currently teaches full-time in the Department of Graphic Design: Print, Web & Interactive Media, and Cinema, & Photography & Digital Imaging. He instructs all levels of courses in Design and History of Photography.

His photography portfolio focuses on “REFLECTIONS” in two ongoing efforts. First, is an ongoing and expanding project of creating a series of images building on years of indulging in the beauty and serenity of up north in the BWCA, Minnesota and Quetico Park, Canada, and our National Wilderness Areas. The second is, GARDEN REFLECTIONS, a yearly challenge of capturing and sharing a series of images created from his own Minnesota garden.

From the Brink of the Lower Falls, <br />The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

From the Brink of the Lower Falls,
The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
, Archival Giclée Print

Of his Reflections project(s), Jacobson comments: The Reflections Project are visual poems that allow any viewer to contemplate and self-surrender to the connotations of isolation and loneliness of these remarkable areas of the world. I am particularly interested in the natural reflections of light in color as they play across water and wood; those expansive horizons that speak to our hearts with something more than just beauty. I create “Reflections” from one or many images. Many of the works have been born from a search to see and capture a deeper beauty that one could never put to pencil or film. If the sunset, or a bloom, stayed forever, it would go crazy. It is creation beyond thought.

This artist’s intention of imaging nature is not imitation but rather appreciation of the lessons that nature holds about life. For example, windswept-pined shorelines speak of perseverance; flowers and grasses that bend with the wind reveal the power of resilience; and evanescence of life is seen in the endless cycle of change. To see the organic complexity of even the simplest thing — the delicate branching pattern in a spring leaf or the sculptural construction of a timeless waterway — reminds us that there is more.

Note: The United States was the first country in the world to define and designate wilderness areas through law. Subsequently, countries around the world have protected areas modeled after the Wilderness Act. "...lands designated for preservation and protection in their natural condition..." Section 2(a) "...shall be devoted to the public purposes of recreation, scenic, scientific, educational, conservation and historic use." Section 4(b)

Reflections: National Parks, Forests, Beaches & Wilderness Areas

Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park, WY
The Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park is the largest hot spring in the United States, and the third largest in the world, with a diameter of 300 feet (90 m). It is located in the Midway Geyser Basin. (Size: 12 x 62 inches, Framed 20 x 70 – Archival Giclée Print)

From the Brink of the Lower Falls, The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Yellowstone National Park, WY Looking down the canyon from the Lower Falls Brink, into “The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone”. The Canyon plunges 1,000 feet (falls 308ft/94m). At 308 feet (94 m) high, it is almost twice as high as Niagara, and the lower falls of the Yellowstone is the largest volume major waterfall in the Rocky Mountains of the United States. The volume of water flowing over the falls can vary from 63,500 USgal/s (240 m!/s) at peak runoff to 5,000 USgal/s (19 m!/s) in the fall. (Size: 15 x 30 inches, Framed: 23 x 38
– Archival Giclée)