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JAMES OWENS

James lives in Oakland, CA.

Red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple. The colors swirl together in a palette of unity and the world is my canvas: freedom, peace, harmony, unity. Perhaps a pipe dream but one of my many aspirations for life. Art is an excellent starting point to express life.

But I wasn't always like this-- a few years ago I was closeted and close-minded. Then one day a friend dragged me to a place called Urban Arts. I walked in reluctantly. As I met some of the teachers and students, a girl came out of the darkroom looking into a very small tray. "Does this look OK?" she asked. The photography teacher looked and said "yes," and then showed me what was in the tray. I saw the most beautiful picture ever created in the history of black and white photography. I was awestruck by the fact that someone my own age could create something so amazing and inspiring. There was only one word that escaped my lipsÉ"WOW!" I was really thinking-- I want to do that. So that's all I've been doing ever since.


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James Owens: 'Self Portrait', Silver Gelatin Print, 1999

"Self Portrait," 1999
Silver Gelatin Print
2.5" x 4"

  James Owens: 'Untitled', Silver Gelatin Print, 1999

"Untitled," 1998
Silver Gelatin Print
8" x 10"

 
James Owens: 'ECHO Arts Festival', Silver Gelatin Print, 1998

"ECHO Arts Festival," 1998
Silver Gelatin Print
8" x 10"




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