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Although Jean Germain’s professional career did not begin in the area of photography, the evidence is clear that this medium has become her passion. For many years, she worked as a school teacher in New York in both the Head Start Program and with the gifted and learning disabled children for the New Rochelle Elementary schools system.
One of her earliest involvements with photography came when she developed and administered an Experimental Photography Program for the Harrison School district of New York. She challenged that medium to successfully integrate classroom learning with the “aesthetics of photography” as a toll to help students develop the difference between “looking” and “seeing.”
In 1980, upon retiring to Sarasota, Florida, Germain met former Benny Goodman publicist Hal Davis, who wanted to rejuvenate Jazz in the United States. As a founding member of the Jazz Club of Sarasota, she had the unique opportunity to become the club’s official photographer. This involvement helped to point her way toward a more complete commitment to the camera and its many magical possibilities.
Germain now experiments to create impressionistic images and special effects in nature, places, wildlife, people and social events. Some of her techniques include creating photographs with rear projection through textured glass, Polaroid transfer, specialized filters, infrared black and white film, zooming effects and timed night exposures.
Her award-winning work has appeared in juried shows, corporate collections and numerous publications. Germain likes to share her knowledge of photography through lectures and public speaking engagements. She sits on the board of the Sarasota Visual Arts Center and is a member of the Photographic Resource Center at Boston University and the Center for Photography at Woodstock, New York. She currently divides her time between Massachusetts and Florida.
Author’s website: www.jeangermainphotography.com