Born in 1975 “in a very small town in the Deep South” of the United States, Jamie Baldridge’s images retell the fables from “101 Fairy Tales” a childhood storybook he once discovered in his grandmother’s attic, along with other recognizable iconography from mythology and religious dogma acquired through his early studies in theology and creative writing at Louisiana State University. In 2005 he received a MFA in photography from the same University.
In his interpretations of these stories implanted in his subconscious, the characters emerge at once in settings that are both surreal and visceral. Baldridge adapts a digital work flow to his photography, rendering up to 20 negatives together with 3D modeling software to create individual collages with the depth and lustre of paintings.
Jamie Baldridge currently resides in Lafayette, LA where he is professor of photography at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. His work and writings can be found in many collections, including The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, The Rare Books collections of the Library of Congress, Cornell University, The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, The University of Colorado at Boulder, The Rhode Island Institute of Technology, and McNeese University’s Abercrombie Collection. The Everywhere Chronicles, his first book, has just been released by 21st Editions.