Jorn C. Olsen

Jorn C. OlsenJorn C. Olsen lives in Hastings, Nebraska with his wife, Mary. He grew up in Portland, Oregon where his family spent significant time camping, fishing, hunting, and traveling in the western United States and Canada. These experiences instilled a deep appreciation for the outdoors and wildlife. Jorn attended Oregon State University and received a MBA from Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University. He is the father of two children: Christopher, who lives in Austin, Texas, and Erica, who lives in Los Angeles. He is the master of his loyal companion, Nic, a black Labrador dog.
In 1997, Jorn purchased his first digital camera and became enthralled with the possibilities of digital photography. In January 2005, he purchased a wide format color printer and began printing large photographs for friends, who encouraged him to market his work. He began the task of examining and refining eight years of photographs to get to a collection he could market. Most of the photos in his collection were taken in Nebraska. Many of the striking sunrises and sunsets were taken in the fall and winter months when the air is much less humid and hazy, thus making colors appear more vivid and crisp. The photographs of an unusual and spectacular Mammatus Cloud formation, he captured on June 12, 2004, have brought him a great deal of notoriety. In the last few years he has expanded his collection beyond the borders of Nebraska.
Jorn’s photographs have been published in books, calendars, billboards, magazines, and newspapers throughout the world, including The London Times, Focus Magazine, Readers Digest International, and Nebraska Life Magazine. He has also won awards, including Best of Show, at photography competitions and juried art fairs. His current body of work is primarily oriented towards Landscape, Nature, Wildlife, and Nebraska Cultural themes. Some of his most popular works are the striking landscape panoramas he creates by stitching multiple images together and can be printed up to 20 feet long.Jorn C. Olsen
For me, photography is an adventure where new experiences, places, and the unfolding of artistic vision are all gathered and synthesized while traveling on the road of discovery and personal growth. Capturing a moment in time that emphasizes the beauty and mystery of the natural world is an experience that I hope to never grow tired of. The challenge of interpreting a scene or creating an image, so that the resulting piece delivers an emotional appeal and sparks a significant level of interest in the viewer, is a constant and nagging itch that is ever present in the mind of an artist. I scratch my itch with a camera.
Most of the time, it is important for the photographer to be faithful to the scene, but a camera is only a machine and cannot fully capture what the eye can see. It also cannot record the mood of the photographer or any of the other sensory inputs that add to the totality of the experience. The melody of a brook, the sting of winters bite, or the fragrance of new mown hay are beyond the capabilities of any camera. Thus, it is up to the artist to make adjustments to the image which will add to the overall statement that the image provides. Without these adjustments the image is merely a mechanical recording which has no artistic merit and contains no evidence of the artist himself. My personal belief, at this time, is that it is appropriate to adjust or enhance elements that existed when the scene was captured, or to crop the image so as to eliminate unnecessary detail and remove elements that detract from the artist’s vision.
Currently Kondryathere seems to be a lot of debate and contention between proponents of film and digital capture. I think this issue is extremely overblown and of not much real import, as over 90 percent of any image happens before the shutter is clicked. A poor exposure or bad composition yields the same result regardless of the type of equipment used. Anyone familiar with lens filters, multiple exposures, and advanced darkroom techniques knows that film based images can be significantly manipulated by the photographer just as in the digital world. I personally see merits in both forms of photography and wish we could just shelve the whole debate and go about our business of creating unique and exceptional images which can be shared with the rest of the world.

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