SHORT BIO – EDUCATION AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS
At the age of nineteen Jerry attended the internationally noted Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa as an undergraduate. After leaving college he taught himself photography and used his new-found knowledge taking his first pictures of the actor Hal Linden with the mayor of Flint, Michigan.
Later, after moving to the Twin Cities and working as a commercial photographer for companies that included 3M and Target, and as a wedding and events photographer, Jerry took a position as a biological photographer at the University of Minnesota. Upon teaching himself to use Photoshop, image analysis programs, and high-end microscopes, Jerry ended up as program manager of a core microscope facility, one of the largest in the country.
During that time he was published as a co-author in Science (and other peer-reviewed journals) wrote two books on digital imaging and post-processing, and taught scientific imaging and image ethics at major universities and at Woods Hole.
He left the University of Minnesota as a scientific imaging consultant to work on detection of early Alzheimer’s, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy from retinal fundus images; technical writing for regulatory agencies; promotion and development of a color calibration device for microscopy; detection of cancer therapy effectiveness via development of an innovative device (for which Jerry submitted four patents); and continues work on measurement of particulate from blood vessel walls for cardiology devices (See http://imagingandanalysis.com for more information).
Jerry now divides his time among scientific consulting jobs, events (and other) photography and writing; and pursues ways to create jobs and opportunities for the homeless (see http://prevailnews.org).
JERRY SEDGEWICK’S ARTIST STATEMENT
I’m uncovering wonders. These wonders are found when peering through a microscope. The most wonderful are the parts of plants, insects, flora, rocks and other objects. These are visually more compelling than the whole. Abstractions, textures, and topographies come alive. My intent lies in revealing how even those things we’d regard as mundane, repugnant, lovely and creepy contain awe-inspiring elements. So much so we can only marvel at creation.
More that any artist, some of Mark Rothko’s works of art enliven me in a spiritual way. His work requires quiet contemplation and that leads to an uplifting sensibility that instills wonder at a deeper and more encompassing world. And there’s nothing tangible in the paintings–whether black on black or swaths of color–to account for it. It just happens.
The art I love touches something in me that transcends the simple framed work of art made up of brushstrokes, color and texture. In the same way that the tiniest creature or cross section of plant touches a part of me where wonder spawns and marvel expands. Even as a child I knew something of that when sitting in fields behind my house exploring the tiny world at my feet and over my head. I spent many an hour eyeing leaf hoppers, black ants, scurrying bugs, wriggling worms. These hours were a silent retreat from the loneliness and anxiety I felt around people.
While my first love was writing–and while I was complimented for my imagery in writing–my second love was photography. And rather than develop my eye for seeing color, light, contrast and texture through conventional means via art school, I developed my eye through scientific imaging. In the scientific imaging world I could control light and see the results far more easily than in studio settings. I could understand the consequences of light.
Photography, art and science converged with microscopic imaging to what I’m doing now with my artwork; not to mention non-staining methods to create contrast in dead creatures and plants. It was an unusual path to art. But that’s been my life’s story. Unusual, and often uncanny.
Email Jerry: jerry(at)prevailon(dot)com.
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