Bearer of Hope
Gingko trees are a powerful symbol of hope and vitality.
In 1945 six gingko trees survived the atomic bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan. These trees, though badly damaged, fully recovered and are thriving today.
Wet Cyanotype breathes new life and color into an old photographic tradition. I use acids, bases, and long exposure times to change the traditional monochromatic blue of cyanotypes into turquoise, greens, and oranges. The addition of turmeric adds some yellow and texture.
Jessie Swimeley uses digital and alternative process photography to give voice to the abandoned places and forgotten treasures of the West. Jessie received her BA in Photography from the University of Oregon and is the President of the Treasure Valley Artists Alliance. She currently resides in Boise, Idaho with her partner Joel.