MFA, Imaging Arts, Rochester Institute of Technology
BFA, Art with an Emphasis in Photograpy, University of Iowa
Most of my career as an artist I have photographed the landscape at night to question how we use space, utilizing night imagery to morph what is common into something surreal. My work has now evolved into questioning and exploring how the place we are in impacts our social compact and individuality. Currently, I am working on a photographic project entitled “I’ve Been There: A Namesake Tour of Iowa.” I have selected a series forty-two towns in rural Iowa with famous names, such as international locations (Paris, Jamaica and Rome) or familiar namesakes (Orient and Jefferson) to document.
My work can be viewed at jenmoonphoto.com
GuitarTown guitar – “Night Burst”
My inspiration for this guitar came from my father, who has been playing guitar for far longer than I have been alive. My approach was to combine three primary concepts. I wanted to meld the aesthetic history of electric guitars, my background as a night photographer and Les Paul’s Waukesha.
The name of my guitar references the classic sunburst finish. It features a night photograph, but keeps the light-to-dark motif that distinguishes the sunburst style.
Both sides of the guitar feature images of trains photographed at night. I created them as a way to reference Les Paul. He was quoted saying that while growing up in Waukesha he lived near railroad tracks. The constant vibration taught him about the nature of sound and the way in which it travels.
The center of a classic sunburst-finished guitar has a lighter tone that then darkens gradually towards the edge. My take on the sunburst was to apply a night image that is lighter in the center that fades to black on around the edge.
I created this photograph with a large format camera. The black and white negative is 4×5 inches and took an hour to expose. The train on the left backed up into the frame towards the end of the hour-long exposure. The result is a semi-transparent “ghost” train.
To create the image on the back of the guitar I photographed many trains around Waukesha. I used Photoshop to layer the trains to create a compilation that incorporated fifteen images.