/ 2020 / Nature / Trees

Intimate Conversation (Tree Project)

  • Prize
    Silver in Nature/Trees
  • Photographer
    Jane Olin
  • Credit
    Jane Olin

My photographs resonate with beauty in nature, simplicity, the imperfect, the transient, grace and subtlety. Working in a traditional wet darkroom with negatives, I use chemicals in unorthodox ways. I have developed a technique that gives me the freedom to explore the limits of analog printing, and to take advantage of any chance events that may occur. It’s exhilarating and challenging to work in a liminal space requiring moment-by-moment, intuitive decision-making. It means maintaining a fearless attitude towards an unknowable outcome & finding pleasure in creating in the moment.

Jane Olin is an award-winning fine art photographer based in California’s Monterey Bay. Working for over 30 years in the epicenter of the West Coast photography movement, Olin originally learned straight photography in the style of the historic Group f/64 from students of Ansel Adams. Drawn to Japanese aesthetics and Zen Buddhism, Olin’s images originate from deeply intuitive experiences. Known for her experimental camera and printing techniques, she pushes the boundaries of analog photography by manipulating solutions on exposed gelatin silver paper.

Awards •Winner in Nature and Winner in Cityscapes Categories; Honorable Mention in Nature Series Category and Fine Art Category, 14th Julia Margaret Cameron Award, 2019
• Honorable Mention in Analog/Film, Fine Art and Honorable Mention in Nature, Trees, International Photography Awards (IPA), 2019
• Finalist in Nature, 13th Julia Margaret Cameron Award, 2018
• Gold Award in Fine Art Category, Tokyo International Foto Award (TIFA), 2017
• Honorable Mention, New York Center for Photographic Art International Competition, New York, NY, Debra Klomp Ching, Juror, 2015
• Honorable Mention, Diffusion: The Matter of Light, Portland, OR, Katherine Ware, Juror, 2014
• Juror Award, Women In Photography International, Los Angeles, CA, Cat Jimenez, Juror, 2013
• Gold Medal Award, San Francisco International Photography Exhibition, San Francisco, CA, 2013
• Jurors Award of Merit, International Fine Art Photography Competition: Grand Prix de la Découverte, Paris, France, 2012
• Marion de Sola Mendez Memorial Award, National Association of Women Artists, New York, NY, 2009
• First Place, 2008 Juried Photography Exhibition, Pen and Brush Gallery, New York, NY, Roy DeCarava, Juror, 2008
• Second Place, Small Works, National Association of Women Artists, New York, NY, 2008
• Honorable Mention, National Juried Exhibition, Camera Club of New York, NY, Larry Fink, Juror, 2008
• First Place, 28th Annual Juried Photography Exhibition, Smithtown Township Art Council, St. James, NY, Josephine Sacabo, Juror, 2007
• Second Place, National Juried Photo Competition, Camera Club of New York, NY, Joyce Tenneson, Juror, 2003
• Award of Excellence, “Best of Photography Annual,” Photographer’s Forum Magazine, 2002
• Best of Show For Foreign Artists, Third International Women’s Photography Festival, Smolensk, Russia, 1994