I have had a camera in my hand ever since I can remember. From my mom's old Instamatic to my current mix of digital and film, I am always pointing my lens at something.
I love photographing things that are disappearing from the American landscape: roadside attractions, tourist traps, shopping malls. I love seeing places that were meant for people to enjoy, now there are no people there. I believe those places should be documented, so that they are not forgotten.
I love to travel; by car, bus, train, or air. If I want to go somewhere, I figure out how to get there. I love to travel, and do a lot of research on the places I visit before I go. I pride myself on fun, inexpensive travel. I also take a lot of road trips, because I'm only a few hours from places like Columbus, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Buffalo, Toronto, and Chicago. My current "dream locations" are California, The Poconos, and a field somewhere around Gettysburg.
I am also a writer, because a journalism degree seemed totally useful in the nineties. I believe storytelling is one of the most important skills a person can have. I feel lucky to be able to share my story both visually and through words.
Photography for me is two-fold: it's about sharing what my eyes see, of course, but it's also about the feeling of a photo. I've always been more of an observer than a joiner. I was diagnosed with PTSD a few years ago, and also with anxiety/depression years before that. I have found myself processing my own feelings through the lens of my camera. I love finding the color beneath all of the rust and grey skies. I love to play with natural lighting, and double exposures. Photography keeps my story going when depression keeps my words limited.
When I'm not out on the highways or in dilapidated buildings, I live in Akron, Ohio. I am happily married to Kurt, who plays bass guitar, is braver than I am in most abandoned places, can wear the heck out of a hat, and knows how to make me laugh like no other person. He'll show up in my photos occasionally. We have two cats, T Bone and Sherbie.
I am very active on Instagram, give me a follow @flannelkimono . I also have an all black and white account: @j.anshutz
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