"Photography takes an instant of time, altering life by holding it still."

- Dorthea Lange


"A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know."

- Diane Arbus


Jim Kushman is a fine art photographer living in Portland Oregon USA.





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"To go in the dark with a light is to know the light. To know dark, go dark. Go without sight."  - Wendell Berry
These landscapes of Pacific Northwest coastal areas are secret places where I sometimes experience a spiritual harmony between darkness and light as I observe and record the drama and grace of nature. The images in this collection are my spiritual landscapes in the tradition of classic photographers like Minor White, Edward Weston, and John Wimberley. 

"We stand in conversations with worlds larger than ourselves." - David Whyte
One million years is a short time on mother earth. Deep time is measured on a scale of geological events spanning many millions of years. The earth is alive as it splits apart and comes together again in deep time, creating mountains, basins and water features that endure beyond mere human time. Our human presence here is a flicker in the abyss of deep time. 

I have driven many miles back and forth across Hwy 2 traversing the northern part of Montana called the Hi-Line, a remarkable landscape of open spaces, infinite sky, and shadows of places forgotten. I saw rural America in the 21st century as both timeless and a victim of time passing it by. The land is altered as each generation creates its own human landscape that lasts for awhile and then disappears. The land owes us nothing and endures as a witness to time passing. 

We reveal our innermost heart to others like shedding a coat in front of a stranger. Naked and vulnerable, we bravely stand knowing that once removed, the coat cannot cover up what another's eyes have seen and another's heart has felt. 

There are no foreign lands, just foreign travelers according to Robert Louis Stevenson. When visiting places where I am a foreigner, so many things are unexpected as I observe people and places. I love places rich in history and architecture.   

I love the uncertainty of street photography—walking, waiting, watching, talking to strangers, and hoping to discover secrets as people interact with their surroundings. And when I don’t I walk some more, looking for an image to reveal itself just around the next corner. I am learning that street photography is an exercise in patience and persistence as I move more deeply into this photographic art form. Looking for that dominant subject in a sea of chaos.