Jason Stoddart inherited a deep appreciation for the traditional sepia tone, black and white, and hand tinted method of photography while apprenticing under his parents, Jack and Lynne Stoddart, who were full-time fine art photographers for over thirty years. In his development as a fine art photographer, he has been able to transition from silver gelatin photography to the new world of digital photography while still maintaining a traditional style.
Stoddart’s photographs take a critical view of America, the unique history, cultural heritage, and political issues that define it as a country. His philosophy, there is always a story to tell and a history to preserve. While his work focuses on capturing subjects that represent the true America, oftentimes, the subjects of his photographs are forgotten parts of our past. It is his hope that, as a photographer, he can preserve pieces of history and viewers can reflect and consider the changes that life has to offer.
“My photographs document traditional Americana culture while utilizing conventional styles of photography. My “Americana” is defined as the history, geography, folklore, and cultural heritage of the United States. Many kinds of material fall within this definition of Americana: license plates or entire vehicles, barns, homes, or household objects, artifacts, tools, instruments, flags, plaques, signs, and so on.
The final step in presenting my images is my choice of an acid free canvas, a lignin free heavyweight cotton-poly blend, elegantly textured featuring a semi-gloss satin surface. All my work is printed and presented using the best archival materials available; materials held to the same standard of excellence as those used by museums.”
Jason’s photographs can be found in private and corporate collections worldwide, including most recently, the permanent collection of the Tennessee State Museum and The Omni; both located in Nashville, Tennessee.
Jason resides on the Cumberland Plateau in Middle Tennessee with his wife Beth and two children.