Go lightly.

Go lightly.

Jodie Hulden is a California-based artist whose contemplative photography focuses on intimate landscapes and still life vignettes.  She has a degree in art from San Diego State University where she worked primarily in textiles and fiber arts.. She discovered her passion for black and white photography in the 1970s doing film and 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 make. My experience is that when beauty crosses our path, whether grand or humble, thinking disappears in that instant and a quiet stillness descends. In this way the experience of beauty is like a meditation, no matter how brief the encounter. Making photographs is my way of paying homage to those moments when the universe offers us such gifts of beauty. These moments open our awareness to the innate inner silence that I believe we all share. It is my hope that these photographs will evoke this stillness 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  Center for Photographic Arts, Carmel, CA, International Juried Exhibition, "Gourds on a Gold Plate"

2016  PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT, "Gnarled Tree", Directors Award

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

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

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

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

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

2017  FotoRelevance Commentary by Geoffrey Koslov, "Medium Festival of Photography 2017", November 10, 2017, www.fotorelevance.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 Center for Photographic Arts, Carmel, CA, Juried Members Exhibition, "Circle of Light"

2018 Center for Photographic Arts, Carmel, CA, International Juried Exhibition, “Ancient One”

2018 Rfotofolio Selections, Photography Merit Selection for “Seeing Silence” Series

2019 Center for Photographic Arts, Carmel, Annual Juried Members Exhibition, “Visual Poem: Secret Shelters”

2019 Photolucida Critical Mass Finalist, Top 200, “Seeing Silence” Portfolio

2019 Left Behind book Release, Dark Spring Press, Andy Burgess Publisher and Editor