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James Guay


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I find a lot of help living my life in experiences in which I feel enveloped as a part of something greater than myself—such as happens to many people in nature or in meditation.  There is a deep comfort in the dissolving of your own ego, if only for a while.  My photographs are testaments to this kind of experience.


Guay - Blue NoteThe camera allows me to become more a part of a scene than a detached observer, especially by shifting the perspective with the use of close-up lenses.


My recent abstracts are just intimate landscapes of a different sort: for me they are made to honor the primacy and mystery with which nature reclaims everything in time.  Guay - AmsterdamIts imprint is everywhere, and at times the process is exquisite and suggestive.  The tiny details in a close-up become features of a new landscape to explore.



Most of my photographs are traditional c-prints, which are custom photographs made from a color negative using an optical color head enlarger and darkroom chemistry.  There are no digital processes involved.  Photographs are printed on to Fujicolor Crystal Archive photographic paper, the most archival photographic print emulsion available today.  Photographs are mounted and matted on acid-free archival mat board, and framed behind conservation glass with Guay - Columnar Basalt and LichenUV coating.  Non-glare museum acrylic is also available.



James Guay studied psychology and philosophy at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.  He received his first camera as a graduation gift in 1991 and has been photographing ever since.  He is Guay - Blue in Green No. 5self-taught.


Over the past 16 years his subject matter has changed as his influences and surroundings have changed.  His award-winning photographs have been exhibited across the country and continue to be collected.  Please visit his website to see collections of his different styles of work at


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