Sunday, December 6, 2015

The Photography of Jim McDonough

Jim McDonough (1959-2015)  grew up in the Boston Area and after graduating from college ended up working at the gas company.  He was a meter reader.  We creative people often build resumes that are a patchwork of jobs.  He had dreamed of moving to San Francisco or New Mexico — he settled on San Francisco.  Soon after Jim, moved west I found my own home in San Francisco.  We became friends soon after I moved here 1990.  A few years later we realized that Jim was my meter reader when I briefly lived in Medford, Mass.  Fate is a strange thing.

A job opportunity detoured Jim to Florida.  But, when it was time to escape, re-entry into the Bay Area was all but impossible.  Jim found a new home in Albuquerque, New Mexico and began to get serious about photography.  He began exploring some fairly remote corners of the state going down roads that probably were not meant for his Toyota Echo.  Soon his work was being exhibited and even won a few awards.  Sadly illness cut Jim's career short and he passed away in November 2015.

Here is a sampling of some of Jim’s work.  I am the fortunate owner of a Sprung.   A few years back he placed some of his work on and you can see more, and even get prints here. 

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