Jason Chan is an American photographer, raised in Southern California but currently residing in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. Drawn to photography from childhood by the anticipation and reward of getting film back from the developer, he began making photographs of landscapes and animals. Though he also spent time drawing and painting, these interests gradually yielded to photography. He progressed to photographing sports, which proved to be a great crucible for developing technical proficiency. This was followed but somewhat of a professional detour for military service. But experience in the military crystalized the realizations that time is limited, and that photography is his true passion.
Now working in both film and digital, he is convinced of the power of the photograph to transport the viewer to an ideal version of a place. His images of people and places are designed to share his desire for new experiences and exploration. Often dominated by strong color, the images are meant to spark desire in the viewer to step into the scene and experience that place in that moment, sometimes to experience the beauty and sometimes to find out what comes next.
Jason considers himself extremely fortunate to have learned photography in a time before phones became people’s dominant means for taking and consuming photographs. This upbringing cemented his view that viewing a physical print or being immersed in the view through a loupe of a transparency on a lightbox, are where the true power of the photograph is conveyed. He now works at every stage in the process with the end print in mind and is committed to delivering prints made using the most compelling processes.