Clayhaus.net Photography is Jeff Clay.
Trained in the sciences and working professionally in the information technology field, I am largely a self-taught photographer that has been creating images for over three decades. In early 2008 I embarked on a new phase of my life by launching Clayhaus Photography. Since that time I have been developing my personal approach to fine art photography by acquiring a high level of technical skill as well as refining the creative expression that is my “artistic voice.” This has resulted in a growing collection of rich and diverse portfolios.
I’ve always loved the twin pursuits of exploring and discovery, whether they are in the natural or built landscapes. Both are now closely linked to my photographic processes and creations. In the field, I control the subject matter and composition and seek with my eyes and cameras the photograph to take. Working later, with my computer, I make the image my imagination wills. The camera and the computer, field and office, exploration and discovery, all are the yin and yang of my work guided by skill, created by artistic intent.
Reflecting different personal interests, my photographic techniques and subjects are also diverse. Gothic cathedrals, still life, dusty mediaeval villages, modern architecture, abstract patterns of light and shadow, remote desert valleys, the people and places of Asia, these and more are all parts of the varied canvas I photograph. I also utilize different photographic techniques and tools including infrared photography, black and white conversion, bracketed exposure blending, and the panorama format.
Since starting Clayhaus Photography, I have had solo shows as well as been part of group gallery exhibits and have participated in a number of festivals and arts-and-crafts markets. I’ve also won a number of professionally-judged competitions. I have also taught photography classes and lead workshops. In 2014 I initiated and lead a photographic exhibit at the Natural History Museum of Utah in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. I have exhibiting my work at the Local Colors of Utah Gallery since 2009.