Go lightly.

Go lightly.

Jodie Hulden is a California-based artist whose contemplative photography focuses on intimate landscapes and still life.  She has a degree in art from San Diego State University where she worked primarily in textiles and artist books. She discovered her passion for black and white photography in the 1970s using film and doing darkroom work. She transitioned to digital photography in 2001.  She has studied with George DeWolfe, Carlin Tapp, Michael Frye, Brett Erickson and Susan Burnstine. After retiring from a teaching career, she now devotes her time to fine art photography. Her work has won numerous awards and she has exhibited her prints nationally.

I have always regarded my photography as “visual haiku” because of its poetic and contemplative quality. I have been greatly influenced by not only Japanese and Chinese landscape painters, but also by Japanese and Chinese poetry. So it is no surprise that those aesthetics permeate the photography that I take. My experience is that when beauty crosses my path, whether grand or humble, thinking disappears in that instant and a quiet stillness descends. In this way the experience of beauty for me is like a meditation, no matter how brief the encounter. Making photographs is my way to pay homage to those moments when the universe offers up a gift of beauty. Such moments open my awareness to an innate inner silence that I believe we all share, and it is my hope that my photographs evoke this in the viewer.
— Artist Statement

Exhibitions and Press

2012   Yosemite Renaissance XXVII Exhibition, Yosemite Valley, CA. Honorable Mention Award for "Gnarled Tree" 

2015   Earth Month 2015 Los Angeles Group Exhibition, G2 Gallery, Pico House, Los Angeles, CA,  "Stillness", "Intimacy" and "Stopping to Sea"

2015   "Wild Graces" Two-Person  Exhibition with Robert Treat, Mission Trails Regional Park, San Diego, CA

2015  Lenscratch Online Magazine by Aline Smithson, June 6, 2015, www.lenscratch.com, with "Torrey Pines Portfolio"

2015  International Juried Exhibition, Center for Photographic Arts, Carmel, CA, "Gourds on a Gold Plate"

2015  Finalist, 8th Gala Awards, Julia Cameron Awards for Women Photographers, "On the Bluff"

2016  PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT, Director's Award for "Gnarled Tree"

2016   "Whispers - Inside Bodie" Two Person Exhibition with Robert Treat, Gallery 4204, San Diego, CA

2016   Online Gallery, Members' Juried Exhibition, Center for Photographic Arts, Carmel, CA, "Seeing Silence"

2016   Black and White Photography Magazine (UK), August issue, "60 Seconds Exposure" interview with Tracy Hallett

2016   Center for Fine Art Photography "Home" Exhibition, Fort Collins, CO, "Waiting"

2017   Artist-in-Residence, Month of February, Zion National Park, Utah

2017  Yosemite Renaissance 32 Exhibition, Yosemite Valley, CA, Honorable Mention Award for "Ancient One"

2017  FotoRelevance Commentary by Geoffrey Koslov, "Medium Festival of Photography 2017", November 10, 2017, www.fotorelevance.com

2018  Acceptance of "Presence",  Your Daily Photograph, January 18, 2018, as part of The New Pictorialists collection, www.YourDailyPhotograph.com

2018  Open Show San Diego presenter at MOPA (Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego) 

2018  Center Santa Fe Editor's Choice Award, Third Place for "Left Behind" portfolio. Bridget Watson Payne, juror - Senior Editor, Chronicle Books

2018 Annual Juried Members Exhibition, Center for Photographic Arts, Carmel, CA, "Circle of Light"