Special Techniques

Fine art photography – Special Techniques   At Water’s Edge includes coastal images photographed in B&W, painted with Marshall transparent oils, rephotographed, and printed on watercolor-style fine art paper; Rust and Relics features cars, trucks and motorcycles found in junkyards and marinas; Mystic Seaport Museum behind the scenes; Ordinary Items – Kitchen is a collection of kitchen utensils using a light-painting technique; Ordinary items – Carpentry showcases early American tools; Boca Grande is a collection of Polaroid Image Transfers that show points of interest in the town on the Gulf Coast in a new light, and Odds n’ Ends includes Polaroid Image Transfers of CT landscapes & scenics. buildings, concepts, and still-lifes.

Shooting first on black and white film, Jack painted his prints with Marshall oils in the tradition of turn-of-the-century artist Wallace Nutting, but with more gusto and energy. Instead of pastel tints and watery washes, McConnell mingles translucent and opaque techniques with a quirky color intuition and gritty textural manipulation done with sable-tipped brushes and hand-rolled cotton swabs. By using painterly finishes like stippling, smudging, and layering of color, he straddles the line between paint and emulsion, playing with a print’s tactile surface and asking the question, “Is it a painting or is it a photograph?”

McConnell brings his mastery of the medium, learned in 45 years as a corporate/advertising photographer traveling the world for Fortune 500 companies. To see more work, check his additional websites: StonewallJack.com and ConnecticutStockPhotography.com.