I have always loved being outdoors, so at some point, I ended up taking my camera outside. Attending Saint Joseph’s University in West Philadelphia has pushed me into focusing on the relational aspect of photography. There are repercussions of pointing a lens at subjects and this is the starting point for my artistic exploration. I work for the hard shots in urban settings and try to contrast them with greenery and found in nature. To me, photography is constantly presenting a challenge to learn new techniques and develop new relationships between the camera and subject!

For a university project, I blogged extensively about HDR and its affects on the changing landscape of photography. In short:


So much controversy revolves around photography’s new era of HDR. For some, High Dynamic Range is a new frontier within the world of photography. For others, it can lead to “overdone” photographs; heavily saturated shots can be seen as “cheating” in the post-editing process. The boundaries of photography as an art form are constantly expanding by editing software. A question certainly worth asking is: “What is considered a photograph?” While editing can enhance the quality of a picture, some might argue that too much post-shot work cheapens the shot, particularly with saturation and contrast. In the attempt to find some middle ground in this on-going conversation, it is obviously important to learn the craft before entering the debate. Learning when and why the HDR process is useful can shape opinions on the resulting images.

I am currently finishing my Spring 2014 Semester studying abroad at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Travel photography has necessitated an adaptive approach to shooting new subjects. Arriving in a foreign country with a backpack and camera in hand has been a dream come true! Due to my delayed workflow while travelling, I will be editing and posting photographs from Munich, Germany, Interlaken, Switzerland, Vienna, Austria, Prague, Czech Republic, and Nuremberg, Germany in addition to both Ireland and Spain in the coming months.

Visiting a handful of European art museums has recently influenced my approach to photography as an artistic medium. Personally, on a reflective level, I anticipate some new themes to appear in my work as a result of studying historical masterpieces. Most notably, I am drawn to Surrealism and Impressionism.

In addition to an overall passion for photography, I am Philosophy major with a minor in Communications Studies. I like to think I can incorporate the former into the latter due to the inevitable ethical questions that arise from the evolving nature of today’s world of digital media literacy and dependency. To some degree, this is hopefully captured in my photographic work!

I love all things photography and blogging. So check out my portfolio here.

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38 thoughts on “About

    Mark Simms said:
    25/09/2012 at 4:36 pm

    Thanks for visiting and following my blog. You have some good shots on your blog…keep up the good work.

      Jack Viere said:
      26/09/2012 at 12:05 pm

      Thanks Mark! Your work is incredible!

      Jack said:
      04/11/2013 at 11:04 pm

      Thanks for stopping by!

    cyndipachinophotography said:
    09/10/2012 at 2:38 pm

    Thank you Jack for following me, I’m now happily following you and your wonderful work, keep moving forward, as I will also!

      Jack Viere said:
      09/10/2012 at 2:39 pm

      Thanks for the follow as well Cyndi!

    keithfitton said:
    09/10/2012 at 3:41 pm

    Thanks for dropping by. Much appreciated – and your photographs are stunning btw!

      Jack Viere said:
      09/10/2012 at 3:42 pm

      Thanks Keith! Your black and whites are admirable!

    Peter Carlsson said:
    13/11/2012 at 11:11 am

    I hear ya about the urban vs nature photography…

    snappy~speak said:
    28/11/2012 at 5:28 pm

    Hey Jack, thanks for following me! I started out with a Canon Rebel as well. Good cameras.
    I lived in West Philly about 10 years ago. Don’t worry, I’ve not had had a ton of formal photography education either- mostly SCAD workshops and lots of reading and trial and error. Blogging has been a great way to improve my work, and I’m sure you’ll find the same. Best to you, man!
    Nice to meet you!

      Jack Viere said:
      14/12/2012 at 9:26 am

      If you have any West Philly spots that are worth looking into, I’d love the tip! But I am finally going home for winter break now, so I won’t be back until mid-January. You’re really fortunate with what scenes you’re able to shoot (like the Flying Cloud). Thanks for stopping by!

    5ifty7even said:
    14/12/2012 at 7:18 am

    Hi Jack, thanks for following 🙂 I’m new to blogging and don’t get the chance to take as many photos as id like but in the short time iv had my blog iv met a number of new friends and had lots of inspiration, I’m sure you will too. I haven’t had any lessons either, just ALOT of trial and error but happy to share any tips iv picked up along the line so feel free to ask anytime.

      Jack Viere said:
      14/12/2012 at 9:28 am

      Thanks for the follow as well! It is a struggle with the trial and error-but at least digital cameras are a lot more flexible to work with and learn from (for me at least…) Looking forward to seeing what you post—thanks for the lens info, by the way.

    belladonic haze said:
    20/01/2013 at 12:15 pm

    Your blog makes me smile. I really enjoy it! Looking forward to see what you post next! 😉

    Happy Sunday!

      Jack Viere said:
      20/01/2013 at 1:21 pm

      Thanks for following my blog! I am excited to follow yours-you have captured some really smooth colors in a lot of your shot.

    Ki Vault said:
    01/05/2013 at 7:59 pm

    Thanks for liking one of my posts it is much appreciated.Enjoyed reading your posts good luck with the models,they are harder than landscapes! Will be following you to see how you get on.

      Jack Viere said:
      01/05/2013 at 8:02 pm

      Thanks-models and landscapes both speak to me-just got to work on listening better with lens. (cheezy-I try)

        Ki Vault said:
        01/05/2013 at 8:08 pm

        Photographing bodies and landscapes is surprisingly similar in so far as lighting is concerned.Shadows,contours and textures. Of course landscapes don’t answer back they just rain on you!

    Kasq said:
    30/05/2013 at 4:23 pm

    Great pics! Thank you for stopping at my blog too! 🙂

    Lisa said:
    04/11/2013 at 8:23 pm

    thanks for stopping by my blog… I came to visit yours and loved your words on photography…it is an interesting age. Looking forward to seeing more. Great shots and nice eye.

      Jack said:
      04/11/2013 at 11:05 pm

      Thanks for the comment, Lisa!

    Kiwiskan said:
    04/11/2013 at 10:40 pm

    Thanks for visiting my site. I’m very much an amateur with a fairly basic point and shoot. I have a very limited understanding of HDR, and it is not available on my camera…

      Jack said:
      04/11/2013 at 11:10 pm

      Hi there! Thanks for stopping by!
      There are some options for HDR that do not involve your camera. In fact, my Canon Rebel does not automatically composite HDR images in-camera. (Not that I am aware at least). Unless you mean that your point and shot does not bracket shots, you should be able to use any type of HDR editing software with or without the brackets. By that I mean you can take a shot at any given exposure, and if you’re using something like Lightroom, you can make digital copies and change the exposures on those copies as a substitute for bracketing in your camera.
      I don’t want to overwhelm you with information without knowing what hardware and software your using!

    lagottocattleya said:
    30/04/2014 at 11:28 pm

    Thank you so much for the follow! I will most certainly be back to enjoy more of your photography!

    Herman said:
    01/05/2014 at 7:08 pm

    Hi Jack! Thank you for visiting and following HoB. Much appreciated!

    yasniger said:
    02/05/2014 at 5:43 am

    Thanks for showing interest in what I put out too. I sincerely hope you continue to find my works entertaining & pleasurable. Be safe.

    travelmorgantravel said:
    03/05/2014 at 1:18 pm

    Yay for more Americans in Ireland! If you get over to Dublin anytime soon let me know! 🙂

      Jack Viere responded:
      03/05/2014 at 2:08 pm

      I actually will be in the coming weeks. My immediate family is coming over before I go back home.

    Maria Matthews said:
    05/05/2014 at 5:48 pm

    Now I understand why you focused on Galway, (I read your post first then flicked here) Will look forward to seeing more of your work. And learning from you.

      Jack Viere responded:
      05/05/2014 at 5:51 pm

      Haha thanks! Do you shoot around Galway at all?

        Maria Matthews said:
        05/05/2014 at 6:03 pm

        I tend to take a weekend in the west every so often but I am based in County Meath.

    dorothychiotti said:
    06/05/2014 at 1:13 pm

    Thanks for following my blog “Musings of a Horse Mom.” Enjoy the ride! … Dorothy 🙂

      Jack Viere responded:
      06/05/2014 at 1:19 pm

      I’m sure you’ve heard of the Connemara ponies here in Ireland! I’ve also had a few run ins with some wild horses…that’s been a highlight from my time here.

        dorothychiotti said:
        06/05/2014 at 1:24 pm

        I’ve heard of the Connemara ponies but sadly didn’t see them when we visited there three years ago. Guess that just means I’m destined to go back. 😉

        Jack Viere responded:
        06/05/2014 at 1:26 pm

        I still have three weeks left here (after a full semester abroad) and I’m already looking at coming back at some point!

        dorothychiotti said:
        06/05/2014 at 1:38 pm

        The slogan should be “Ireland the Irresistible!” 😉 … Enjoy the rest of your stay.

    dorannrule said:
    06/05/2014 at 2:23 pm

    Delighted to run into a fellow Virginian blogging and “camera walking”. I am so impressed with your work and I am following you back. 🙂

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