Throughout history, the trees have given us solace. From the Transcendentalists to John Muir and Ansel Adams to many more today, there is an air of tranquility and comfort that we seek in our forests, and an elegance which we continue to translate and share through our photography. Jeffrey Conley has been actively photographing in Yosemite, California and Oregon for many years, and within these arenas, has used The Tree as a consistent milieu in his work — highlighting the modern patterns and organic rhythms of his subject. Beginning on March 5th and running through April 15th, 2017, Jeff’s dedicated tribute to this muse will be on display at The Ansel Adams Gallery on the upper gallery walls.
Mr. Conley’s greater body of work is inspired by a strong affection and respect for the natural world. His meticulously crafted black and white prints are made using traditional darkroom processes. His work has been widely exhibited and collected by private collectors and museums worldwide. In 2011 his first monograph, Winter, was published by Nazraeli Press.
Conley’s photographs strive for a balanced simplicity that evoke his sense of wonder and reverence for the natural world. Scale and subjects vary, from small, intimate and subtle, to large, grand and dramatic. In all he seeks to capture a meditative spirit unique to his photographic approach. In the end he strives to create beautifully luminous handcrafted prints that he feels possess a a richness unique to the traditional process.
Originally from New York State, Jeffrey received a BFA in Photographic Studies at Rochester Institute of Technology. In 1991 he moved to Yosemite National Park in California’s majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains. There he photographed extensively, taught photography at The Ansel Adams Gallery, and met his future wife. He now lives in the Willamette Valley of Oregon with his wife, Jennifer, and daughter, Ella.