The ever inspirational and Wandering Bear extrodinaire / mentor / contributor Jason Evans has been shortlisted for the Canadian Grange Prize. If you need any convincing as to why Jason gets our vote here at WB, you can watch the video below, read an article i wrote last year, or simply look at the incredible images below from his 2007 – 2011 series Pictures For Looking At. Take your pick.
As a photographer whose practice spans editorial portraits, high-fashion images, record covers, street photography, and interactive installation, Jason Evans is deeply aware of the aims and conventions of the images we encounter everyday. His most recent work,Pictures for looking at and Sculpture for Photography, place two-dimensional and three-dimensional works in colourful conversation, combining vivid still life photographs with photogenic objects arranged on custom pedestals for visitors to photograph. Since 2004, he has maintained the popular website The Daily Nice, where he posts one image per day “that has made [him] happy.” Challenging the distinctions between commercial photography, the casual snapshot, and street photography, Jason’s work seeks to transform his viewers’ perspectives – as well as his own – through his playful, exuberant, and dynamic images.