Work of the Week: Jack Spencer

World Watcher, Mexico, 2005 © Jack Spencer
World Watcher, Mexico, 2005 © Jack Spencer

Jack Spencer is a self-taught photographer illuminating a singular mood, person or place, exposing us to the raw beauty etched into the faces and landscapes in his photographs.

Jack was born in Mississippi, attended Louisiana Tech University and now currently resides in Nashville Tennessee. In his first body of work, Native Soil, he traveled the back roads of small towns dotting the Louisiana and Mississippi landscape. Since then he has traveled throughout the U.S. and Mexico allowing life to lead him toward his next photograph or body of work.

Whether traveling the roads of Louisiana, Mississippi or Mexico, Jack Spencer is on an endless quest for beauty — to capture small moments and freeze them for all to wander into. It is here, within his images, that we grasp his magic, as each image reveals its own meaning. Spencer is an artist whose vision is unquestionable, as is his commitment.

Two Wild Horses, Cumberland Island, 2007 © Jack Spencer
Two Wild Horses, Cumberland Island, 2007 © Jack Spencer

I never liked having the camera do all my work for me. I never liked just pushing a button and saying, “there, I’m done.” I would try all kind of weird things in the darkroom; it’s a wonder I didn’t blow myself up. I wanted to create a mood, something unique, something my voice could be heard in. -Jack Spencer

14 Trees, Wounded Knee, SD, 2003 © Jack Spencer
14 Trees, Wounded Knee, SD, 2003 © Jack Spencer

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