In 2012, accomplished sports photographer Jason Evans had an epiphany. While documenting the London Olympics, he realized that he preferred photographing sports and athletes in a more artistic, and less conventional, manner. In search of a creative endeavor close to home, he turned his attention to the Newport Gulls, whom he began photographing in earnest in 2015. With its rich history of Cardines field and connection to the city and community, Evans felt “it was a story waiting to be told.”
Jason Evans does not just make sports photographs. Rather he captures the feelings and unique, and beautiful, aspects of baseball. In the artist’s own words, “I have tried to capture action shots and portraits that show the determination of youth and the competitive athlete. The action images show not only the blur of the speed of the game but also the cinematic nature of the ‘show.’ I like to represent the dedication of the athletes, coaches, and support team. There is an art to sports photography beyond just proper technical aspects and timing. This is what I hope to share.”
Evans’ work has been recognized by Photo District News, American Photography, and the International Photography Awards to name a few. His photographs are in the permanent collection at Musée Olympique, Lausanne, Switzerland. In 2010, the Newport Art Museum hosted a popular exhibition of Evans’ work: “Surf Island: A Ride with Newport’s Surf Community—Photographs by Jason Evans.”
An Artist Talk with Jason Evans will take place on Thursday, April 13 at 6 pm during Art After Dark, at the Museum, 76 Bellevue Avenue, Newport. The talk is free and Art After Dark is free or by donation.
In conjunction with this exhibition, Jason Evans will be offering the following workshop: