J.D. La Brie -- Art From the Fifth Zone
I was born and raised in San Jose, California, witnessing the uneasy transformation of the orchard-filled Santa Clara Valley into the urban sprawl of Silicon Valley today. Watching countless black & white movies on TV with my Dad (himself an amateur cinematographer), peering for hours into my microscope, and reading countless issues of National Geographic, I think I was unconsciously primed for a life in photography.
When I joined the C.C.C. (California Conservation Corps) at age 18, I bought my first SLR camera, and discovered a whole new way of seeing and remembering my life. Two years later I was a college student, living, studying, and photographing in Nepal for a half a year. Six and a half years ago I bought a one-way ticket to Jakarta, Indonesia and taught English there for three years. After a revolution, evacuation by the Army, and the death of my father I returned to the States. Since then I've been taking care of my family, have written a book, and have found new love.
I was once asked if I "take" pictures or "make" them. The truth is that for the most part I "take" them, in that I work directly from experience. The same can be said about my digital art. Having no preconceived notions about what I'm going to make, my work is more like a snapshot of my unconscious, created in order to understand myself and the world, not on an intellectual level, but on an intuitive level.
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