INTRODUCING JASON WURM
I was born in Downey, California and I reside in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, New York. I feel inspired in this town. I’m 33 years old and I started photographing seriously when I was 22. Photography seemed to be the one thing where I showed any talent. I take photographs to help me learn more about myself and more about the medium. When I first got serious about photography, I was very curious about Walker Evans. His work in Cuba inspired me to visit the country and go on my own photographic journey there. It was an invaluable learning experience for me, that set me on the trajectory to where I am now. Regarding the photograph above: I was walking through Fort Green Park with my camera, looking for anything interesting and I came across a couple of park rangers in the process of opening the door to a tomb. I took photographs of them doing this and they asked me if I was part of the local press they were expecting to arrive for some event. “YES! I’m a freelance photographer for the Eagle”. They somehow believed me, even though I provided no credentials to back up my claim. They then allowed me to enter and photograph the tomb, which is located in the side of the largest hill of the park. It’s wherethey keep the remains of thousands of American Revolutionary war martyrs that died a horrific death on a British prison ship in a nearby bay. This is one of the things I love about wandering around with a camera. You never really know what will present itself and that keepsme walking around town. There are many photographers I find inspiring, but Tod Papageorge’s book of photographs from Central Park, is one of my all time favorites. Here’s a great interview by Rick Woodward.