Award winning photographer, Jessica Kimmel Manelis has been creating art since grade school. At age 11, she began taking art classes every Saturday afternoon. Throughout high school, she continued drawing and painting in a variety of mediums and ultimately settled at Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia, pursuing a career in the professional arts.
While at Moore, she received many accolades from her instructors and won competitions where her work was featured in magazines. Upon graduation, she settled in to a career as a graphic designer. Finding that creatively stunting, she set out to pursue her true creative passion.
Self-taught, Jessica fell in to photography as a means of generating reference photos for future art projects. However, she found the photo process was more fun. Embracing the medium, Jessica's work has been exhibited in several group shows in Huntington, NY, Glens Falls, NY, Bethesda, MD, Philadelphia, PA, Bound Brook, NJ, Lincroft, NJ and Mystic, CT. Her work will be included in the upcoming “Small Works Exhibit” at the National Association of Women Artists Gallery in New York, NY in February. Her work has been described as "wonderful", "brilliant", "gorgeous color and detail", "great perspective".
Currently she lives with her husband, two kids and two dogs in southern New Jersey, where she continues to photograph the world around her.
Like most photographers, I am always looking for that unique perspective or “special something” in an image. My work embraces various styles from clean crisp well-defined images with an interesting and vital point of view to compelling composition and fresh simplicity. My aim is to entice the viewer to look at the details to become aware of the color and form of the subject. Even when using textures to enhance a photo, the viewer is drawn in and the subject maintains its focus and importance.
I am very excited to share my views of the world through my images and I look forward to you enjoying this voyage of mine ... just as much as I do myself!
I'd love for my journeys to become just as much yours - so jump on and let's enjoy the ride!
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