Chris Jurack

Chris Jurack, MBA, International Emphasis, Lake Erie CollegeBridge_Jurack

Borderlands Photography

Volunteer work for the Bridgton Historical Society

Board Member – Western Maine Art Group

Artist Statement:

Working with photography and a bias towards black and white imaging, my goal is to capture the fleeting moment when the elusive combination of light, subject and surroundings synergistically come together to make a memorable image.  Similar to a fly fisherman in pursuit of trout on a wild stream, I am consistently challenged by the quest to find that “just right” image, and then the moment when the angle, the elements of the environment and light come together to capture a suitable rendition.  My works are oriented towards nature, events, rural structures, historical considerations, weather and significant geological formations.

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A home darkroom with wet chemistry, developing film, and an enlarger was part of the earlier learning process. Over time, opportunities became available to serve as a photographer recording autocross race events; sky diving, as a back up wedding photographer, and other situations for friends and associates.  The inspiration to exhibit works comes from numerous observers; photo processors; and other skilled artists, particularly in Maine, who are also photographers. Knowledge and inspiration has come from the study of others, including Cartier-Bresson, Ansel Adams, Galen Rowell, the roster of Magnum photographers and numerous other international artists.

Background:

Retired senior manager with a career spanning three major employers including a Water Treatment Company, a Control and Instrumentation Company and a Software company. P&L responsibilities encompassed sales, product management, industry management, and international projects, contractors and contract management. Staff responsibilities included sales management; training and organizational development; succession planning, and High Potential and Executive development programs.  Software applications included real time in-flight data tracking in the Unlimited Class Reno air racing as a the sponsorship manager and a member of the “Rare Bear” air racing team.

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Corporate requirements necessitated extensive travel to nearly 30 countries including Scandinavia, Western Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Canada, South America and most of the Pacific Rim. A significant benefit was an after duty hours hands-on learning opportunity. Carrying a camera, the secondary visits with associates or clients to museums, displays, Parisian street artists, cultures and historic locations became unique learning opportunities to enhance the image library and learn new techniques.