Jodie Hulden

Jodie Hulden is a fine art, contemplative photographer whose photography focuses on the poetry of intimate spaces, both wild and man-made. Her work has been strongly influenced by Taoism, Chan and Zen Buddhism, ancient Chinese landscape paintings, classical Chinese poetry and Japanese haiku. She has a degree in art from San Diego State University majoring in textiles and fiber arts. She discovered her passion for black and white photography in the 1970’s, influenced by Ansel Adams, Minor White and Walker Evans. She transitioned from film to digital photography in 2001. In 2017 she completed a month-long artist-in-residency at Zion National Park. She was an award winner in 2018 at the CENTER’s Editorial Choice Awards in Santa Fe, NM. In 2019 she was selected as one of the 200 Critical Mass Finalists for her Seeing Silence portfolio. Also, in 2019 she published a book with Andy Burgess of Dark Spring Press of her interior Bodie images titled Left Behind. She has exhibited her work nationally at the Center for Photography Arts in Carmel, CA, the Center of Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, CO, Photo Place Gallery in Vermont, the Yosemite Renaissance Exhibitions and the Photographer’s Eye Gallery in Escondido, CA. She won an honorable mention from the Julia Margaret Cameron Awards in Barcelona for her Hidden Places portfolio. She has been featured in On Landscape Magazine (UK), FotoRelevance, and Black + White Magazine (UK). Jodie lives in San Diego.

Artist’s Statement

I regard my photography as “visual haiku” because of its poetic and contemplative quality. I have always been drawn to East Asian poetics, art and philosophy, so it is no surprise that those aesthetics permeate the photography that I make. I also love texture and pulling out of chaotic scenes the essence of whatever beauty I find there. My experience is that when beauty crosses our path, whether grand or humble, thought can disappear in an instant and a quiet stillness descend. In this way the experience of beauty can be like a meditation, no matter how brief the encounter. These moments have the power to open our awareness to an innate inner silence that we all share. Creating these images is my way of honoring those moments when I am offered such gifts of beauty.