“Water really got me started as a photographer… There was something about the water… the way it moved… that I just found fascinating. I can’t explain it. All I know is that even now I can easily spend an entire day standing in the water taking pictures.” – McDonald Wright
Wright enjoys a national following, both among jazz fans and collectors of contemporary photography. His portraits taken at jazz clubs and festivals around the Northeast are popular with the musicians themselves for their ability to capture the feeling of the music.”
Artist McDonald Wright uses what he calls “partial frame advance” to gather his photographic images on a single negative. An avid Jazz fan, his portraits of jazz greats come alive with the energy of the performance. “When I listen to jazz, this is really how the music sounds to me,” Wright explains, “It’s not a simple linear experience. Instead, it’s something that shifts and changes over time. It’s fluid, not static.” His photographs of many of the Jazz greats who he has photographed have been collected into a book called “Making The Moment” available through Gallery Z in Providence. GalleryZprov.com
In his own words, a video Interview with NetWorks Photographer McDonald Wright
About the Artist: McDonald Wright transferred from the Pennsylvania College of Technology to the Rhode Island School of Design, where he graduated with a BFA in photography. He lives in Providence, and continues to use a manual camera and film photography over digital technology. Mac continues his RISD connection working as a Technical Assistant supporting future generations coming through the photography program. He is passionate about analogue photography and continues his visual exploration of rhythm, energy and fluid motion.