A fine art photographer, Jessica Kalmar is known for her evocative black and white images that show fragments of details in intimate landscapes; often using the less sophisticated types of cameras, and sometimes adding paint or embroidering specific areas on the photographs. She develops and prints her black and white work in a customized darkroom at home. Jessica’s work has been exhibited in the Mid-Atlantic and East Coast regions, and can be found in public collections that include Pittsburgh Center for the Arts Shop. She received the Jefferson Award in 2011 for her ongoing volunteer work at a day treatment center for adults with developmental disabilities and behavioral health challenges. She has been a guest speaker and instructor of photography in southern Ohio and the Pittsburgh area. Jessica was born in Oregon and grew up in Ohio with parents who encouraged traveling and experiencing life. Directly after high school graduation she joined the United States Navy and served four years in the Pacific Fleet on two now decommissioned auxiliary ships. Upon separation, Jessica earned an honorable discharge as a MM3. She then focused on education and received a BS from Kent State University, a Professional Certificate in photography from Rockport College in Maine, and a MFA from Ohio University. Jessica now resides in rural south west Pennsylvania with her courageous husband David, a plump cat named Rusty, and a rescued kitten named Rocky.

Artist Statement

Photography helps to see the details in the everyday. Following trails and shadows while searching and listening with the camera I become a trapper of sorts collecting treasures I want to share. Whether there are disturbances in the environment or an object surrounded by unlikely subjects, that quiet feature becomes important in the photograph. Concerned about becoming too disjointed in a fast paced world, the still photograph creates a timeless moment in which we connect.