About me

The path to my current commitment in photography has been long and circuitous, but my passion for photography’s power to evoke the spectrum of human emotion has been unwavering. Inspired at an early age by my father’s lush Kodachrome images from his travels throughout the world, I began my own journey as an amateur photographer in my teens. I eventually turned my other passion, chemistry, into a career at the Midwest Research Institute in Kansas City, Missouri, and retired as a Principal Chemist in 2016. I'm now reconnecting with photography in order to document the people and places that have influenced my life and that continue to resonate with my own sense of self.

I often seek subjects in my work that convey a sense of quiet, solitude and order. Although my work spans a variety of genres, including landscape, nature, street, and portrait photography, I attempt in each image to express the dichotomy between the preciousness of living things and the inevitability of passing. These notions are fundamental to us all, yet they remain largely suppressed in our consciousness –  to reflect on mortality is to cast a glimpse at our own impermanence, of the unalterable link between life and transience, and that one cannot exist without the other.

Exhibitions:

-  May 2017, Portfolio Walk, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO.-  Aug 2016, "4Square" Group Exhibit, David Morris Gallery, Kansas City, MO, 2016.
-  April-June 2017, "Sense of Place" Group Exhibit, Albrecht Kemper Museum of Art, St. Joseph, MO.
-  Nov-Dec 2016, "Current Works" Group Exhibit, Haw Contemporary Gallery, Kansas City, MO.
-  April-June 2017, "Sense of Place" Group Exhibit, Albrecht Kemper Museum of Art, St. Joseph, MO.

Organizations:

Kansas City Society for Contemporary Photography
American Society of Media Photography
Kansas City Artist Coalition
American Chemical Society 

Education:

Photography Certificate Program, Kansas City Art Institute, 2017.
B.S., Chemistry, University of Central Missouri, 1976.

Contact:

jonstot@kcai.edu