My latest body of work, ‘OMINOUScapes,’ is the confluence of beauty and foreboding. A response to the environment around me, the photographs convey my thoughts on contemporary issues that continue to impact our environment both on a local and global level. These often ominous visions of beauty can be interpreted as a metamorphosis taking place within nature.
My photographs are meant to project a warning of what the future could bring if we don't take measures to control or minimize the damage we are inflicting on nature. The work may project an ominous message, but my hope is that it evokes a positive action towards ongoing nature preservation and protection.
The phrase ‘art imitates life’ has been a constant theme in my career.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Jaime Lopez was born in Peru, a country, rich in breathtaking landscapes, which became an aesthetic foundation for his lifelong career as a photographer and artist. His vast body of work is a reflection of his journeys across the globe.
Lopez, a.k.a. JL Clark, arrived in New York City from Peru to study graphic design at Parsons School of Design in 1980. After three years assisting top fashion photographers in New York City, he began his own fashion photography career, shooting mostly in Italy and Spain. Jaime’s work has been widely published in Elle, Marie Claire, Telva, Hola, GQ, Woman Magazine, Glamour and Cosmopolitan.
In 2000, Lopez returned to the U.S. moving to the East End of Long Island. There, he became captivated by the raw aesthetics and pristine beauty, which inspired the next artistic chapter of his life, photographing the environment around him.
Lopez resides in Sagaponack, NY with his wife, former model Marilyn Clark, their daughters, Raquel and Alexandra, and Ziggy, their Italian greyhound.