About Jon Wollenhaupt Photography
I began as a street photographer in 1999 in San Francisco, where I also developed an interest in photojournalistic work. For several years, I provided photography services to corporations, government agencies, news and media outlets, and not-for-profit entities. For those organizations, my photography supported news stories, helped to build online communities, captured events, and supported organizational marketing and public relations goals.
Education: I have a degree in Fine Art from Grossmont College in San Diego and completed additional studies in studio arts at San Francisco State University. To further my professional development, I have taken workshops and classes with the following organizations: The Harvey Milk Photography Center in San Francisco, The Los Angles Center of Photography, and The Santa Fe Photographic Workshops.
My photography is a search for the scattered clues that reveal what is emotionally meaningful and often hidden in the routines and events of our daily lives; it is an endeavor to make permanent and accessible that which is fleeting, amorphous, or unrecognized.
My current work consists of photos that explore dense urban centers that are hives of human activity as well as overlooked, neglected spaces that are devoid of human presence. Within the busy streets and in the unoccupied spaces – the vacant lots, alleys, abandoned businesses, parks, fields, and unincorporated areas—these photos explore how public and private spaces structure our social fabric and our physical and emotional relationship to our surroundings.
Since 2010, my focus has been on the development of the following bodies of work:
- Digital Disruption Project
- Roadside Attractions
- Progressive Portraits
- Unoccupied Spaces
- Street Work