Jordan Douglas Instructor of Fine Arts: Art & Design

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B.A. in Studio Art, University of Vermont (Summa Cum Laude)

Courses I Teach:

Darkroom Photography
Digital Photography

Areas of Expertise

Photography, Drawing, Painting, Art History

For more information, visit Jordan Douglas’ personal page: http://www.jordandouglasphotography.com/

"The single most important component of the camera is the 12 inches behind it." - Ansel Adams Beyond teaching students how to use a camera and to make photographic prints, my challenge is to help them to see–and then, find out what they have to communicate.

Research

Currently, Jordan is working on a series entitled “Interface.” Large scale digital prints explore the intersection of our human features and technology. A close-up of a human eye is overlaid with the cold linear details of a computer circuit board. A mouth is obscured with code.

Awards and Recognition

An example of Jordan’s lith photography (an alternative darkroom printing technique) was published in Tim Rudman’s compendium, “The World of Lith Printing” (Aurum Press, 2006): World of Lith Printing.com

Recent News

Jordan’s most recent show, “(Re)membering,” was exhibited at Speeder & Earl’s in Burlington, Vermont, in August of 2019. All of the images are of photographs collected, re-shot, printed with hand-applied silver gelatin on cotton watercolor paper, and toned in sepia. Antique photographs are re-contextualized to speak to our present day humanity.

“Of Gavin” is an homage to Jordan’s younger brother, who died suddenly of a heart attack in 2017. The selection of alternative darkroom prints was exhibited in February 2019, at Pennycluse Cafe in Burlington, Vermont. The images are a study of his brother’s possessions—many of which are from their childhood in the 1970’s.

“Images of Havana” was an exhibition of lith prints, of images captured in Cuba on black & white film, and shown at Artspace 150 in Burlington, Vermont, in September 2015. The images focused on the gritty inner city, on the eve of Cuba’s re-opening of relations with America. Lith printing is an alternative development technique that causes an explosion of the silver grain and a shift in color toward warm brown tones. No two prints come out the same.

“The Fingerprint Series” was exhibited at Burlington’s BCA Metro Gallery in May of 2014, and again at Champlain College’s President’s Suite in November 2014. Large silver gelatin prints were produced entirely through photographic chemical process, without ink nor camera. The resulting images become aesthetic studies of form and pattern, as well as intriguing representations of our human identity.