Alice Jensen has always had a keen eye for nature. Her love for nature was nurtured by her father who had a hobby for photography. Her own interests and her father’s influence set Jensen up for a life of exploring the great outdoors and capturing the beauty she saw in photographs.
When she was a young girl in growing up in Germany, Jensen’s father was a naturalist and taught her to see nature for what it was in its present being. After her father’s death, she inherited his glass plate camera. At just 9 years old, Jensen began capturing images of her own.
“My favorite camera was the glass plate camera I got from my father after he passed,” Jensen said. “It was made in 1929, and everything had to be adjusted manually. The sheet that goes over your head keeps the light from obscuring the image being captured. Of course, the images were black and white, but I feel like they had real depth to them.”
As Jensen got older, her interest in plants and nature would take her many places around the world. She studied plant diseases and wild plants that grow in different regions across the North America. She has traveled to Costa Rica while she was studying orchids.
“In society we all have a different name for something,” Jensen said. “However, every organism has a scientific name that can be recognized anywhere in the world no matter what language you speak. I think that’s a beautiful part about nature.”
Her photography challenges people to see beyond the pictures and to use imagination to put themselves in the moment that the picture was taken. The idea of her exhibit is to get behind the scenes of nature by using creativity to relive the moment.
“Nature is changing every second,” said Jensen. “I would like people to take away and understanding and an appreciation for nature. It’s only here for a second before it changes.”
Jensen describes some of the meaning behind her work that is being displayed this month at The Celtic Cup.
• Turtle: One photograph is a close up of a turtle looking right at the camera. This is significant to Jensen as she captured the moment the turtle looked right at her. She said there was only one moment to capture that image before it changed.
• Red Berries: This is a photo of vibrant red berries with snow on one side. The viewer sees the berries sticking out because they are so bright. The snow will melt and the berries will shrivel. This is the importance of the photo in the moment. Those berries will not always be bright red.
• Night Flower: Two photos show two perspectives of a night-blooming flower. Jensen’s use of light shows the intricacies of the flower from two different views.
Jensen’s work stays true to her naturalistic ways that she learned from her father. Her photographs use no source of color alteration or Photoshop to enhance her work. She uses only natural light for her pictures.
While several pictures are on display at The Celtic Cup, none of the framed prints are for sale. Jensen’s work cannot be viewed online, and she said her work will never go online. Jensen joked that she and technology do not work well together.
Jensen will be on hand to discuss her photography during a meet and greet reception from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16 at The Celtic Cup, 106 N. Anderson St. The exhibit will be on display at the coffee house through March 2. This will be a chance to ask Jensen questions about her photography and understand the inspiration behind the photos.
For more information on Jensen, her exhibit or to purchase photos, call 931-684-7851.
For more information on The Celtic Cup, call 931-563-7733.
Faith Few can be reached by email at email@example.com.