Today we’d like to introduce you to Jennifer Carrera Turner.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Jennifer. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
In 2011 I began Carrera Art Studio as I needed a way to present myself to the world and show my talent for photography. Since I was a very creative child I would practice many different art forms and entering contests along the way. I have never stopped being the best that I can and have never settled for less than the quality that I know I can provide. Nothing was ever more important than capturing imagery through photography. In my later teenage years, I was fortunate enough to be accepted into what was then Palm Beach County School of the Arts, which is now Dreyfoos School of the Arts located in downtown West Palm Beach, Florida.
I had an opportunity unlike other schools to excel and learn the traditional techniques and processes of darkroom film photography. Since the advancements of photography and the digital age, I am even more able to process my images and achieve my goals. My photography requires a lot of travel at which I am in a fortunate position to be able to do. In the past few years, most in part due to my website www.carreraartstudio.com and photography competitions that I am always actively participating in, I have been contacted and invited to participate in well-advertised exhibitions.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Photography is a competitive art field. I decided that I wouldn’t let that stop me. I thought it would be difficult to be one in a world of which everyone has a camera – on their phone – which continues to be of ever advancing quality each year. Although that could be considered immensely challenging, it should be realized that it’s not just a camera takes amazing photos or a filter that makes them “art”.
My photos are not from a phone. I use a 50.6 megapixel Canon 5dsR, I shoot all of my photography in a RAW format, not jpegs. My photography requires not only a well thought out composition and expert technique but follows with the execution of processing through professional software of which I spend painstaking attention to details. Later the very best are then printed on professional Kodak Endura Premier Paper only achieved in the traditional manner of light-exposure and chemical processing to develop. It is after I realize how much is involved in what I do with my photography, that I believe I stand apart from most others.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Carrera Art Studio – what should we know?
It has been so important to me to announce as much as possible my new projects and to include the community in what others are doing. I enjoy promoting other artists no matter what their medium because they are such a special part of my own world. I am known personally for black & white fine art photographs that are typically in the Industrial, Architectural or Surreal realm. Unlike many other photographers, I maintain a small stock of printed photographs rather than just having “digital” images available to my clients. I believe in the value and nostalgia of the printed photograph and as always, “Go big or go home”!
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
While I was at the School of the Arts, someone who was always very supportive of me was Connie Rudy. She was one of my professors for visual arts. I never told her how much I disliked the “critiques” portion of the class and for that matter, as I’m so much older it’s still very difficult in the “real” world, however, I suppose it was good preparation just the same. I felt Mrs. Rudy always honestly expressed herself while taking into consideration your emotional connection to the work you’ve just accomplished. I’ve always appreciated that.
I also had the privilege of interviewing and photographing Laurence Gartel “pioneer of digital art” in 2017 who designed the ultimate masterpiece for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards. His encouragement of my photography and writing is something of utmost importance to me and it continues to be part of my enthusiasm. Having such a renowned artist compliment me in that way is beyond all words.
- Website: www.carreraartstudio.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: jennifercarreraturner
- Facebook: @Carrera.Art.Studio
- Twitter: @carrerastudio