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Artist Spotlight: Jeremy Witt, Photographer

Born in Richmond and raised in Ashland, Jeremy Witt is one of the area’s best known and highly regarded photographers. Close to the time Jeremy was born, his mother, artist Nancy Camden Witt, created the Cross Mill Gallery from an abandoned mill on the outskirts of Ashland which operated as a studio, gallery, and home to the family.  Jeremy developed an interest in photography as a child.  He graduated from Randolph-Macon College with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and English Literature in 1992. Jeremy’s mentors include his mother, Joe Mattys, retired Professor of Arts and Director of Theatre at Randolph Macon College, and Ray Berry, Professor of Art at Randolph-Macon College.

He began showing his photography in the early 1990’s and has built an impressive body of work including his most recent book entitled “Spring Hollow.”  Jeremy describes his book as, “A selection of images from the “Light Drawings” project from 2010-2012.  With the passing of time (and excitement) about these one-of-a-kind images, I was able to edit and shape them into a coherent statement that carries their spirit; the process of making and the poetry that emerges…”.

Jeremy’s latest show “traces” just ended at Randolph-Macon’s Flippo gallery. On the process behind this series of photographs, Jeremy says the photographs are, “A result of a life-time of photographing that recently came together in Photoshop.  What is most interesting about the process is how the raw images are refined and focused down to clean lines and black spaces, but maintain their photographic reality.”  Images from the series can be found on Jeremy’s website.

Jeremy does not have any current plans for his next show but desires to have “as much studio time as possible.”  He says, “The Gallery continues to be open by appointment with selections of all our works” (paintings by Nancy Camden Witt, ceramics by David Camden, paintings and sculpture by Brad Camden, and photography by Jeremy Witt).

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