Hours of Idleness-A Photographer's Journey in St. Louis

My Best of 2014

Posted in art, family, photography, Uncategorized by Jason Gray on December 6, 2014


from The Darkness, a haunted house attraction in STL

2014 has been quite the busy year. In February, I curated an exhibition of work by artist, Anna Kuperberg at the International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum. This was the first of three exhibitions that I would curate for the Museum in 2014, and the first of four that I would install there. Also in February, Photo Flood Saint Louis, my photography organization, covered the 250th anniversary of St. Louis through its partnership with stl250. This included three full days of celebrations!

In March, IPHF unveiled my next show, St. Louis Shoots: Contemporary Street Photographers from St. Louis, which ALIVE Magazine declared one of the “10 Art Exhibits to Visit in St. Louis This Month”. Also in March, the Missouri Arts Council featured this blog in an article titled, Snapshots of the Missouri Arts Blogosphere. In June, I was hired by the Museum as their Director of Exhibitions and Facilities, where I installed the well-received Portrait/Process exhibition.


Anna Kuperberg’s South Side exhibition


St. Louis Shoots: Contemporary Street Photographers from St. Louis exhibition


Portrait/Process exhibition

Again in June, the Dallas Museum of Art contacted me to produce a photograph using directions provided by the artist, Darren Bader, for inclusion in an exhibition at the Museum. The image had to pair an “oil with a Mohel”; that image (alone and installed) is below.



August was an exciting month for Photo Flood Saint Louis. We celebrated our two-year anniversary with a private event at IPHF, and were covered in a kind segment by St. Louis Public Radio. In addition, we were one of five finalists in the category of “Best Local Website” in the Riverfront Times’ 2014 Readers Choice Awards (we were beaten by St. Louis Post-Dispatch).


Eric Greitens: Strength and Compassion exhibition

In November, IPHF opened Eric Greitens: Strength and Compassion, an exhibition that I co-curated, designed and installed. This exhibit will remain on display through January 25, 2015.

Now for the remainder of my 21 best images of 2014:


from Bevo Mill neighborhood


from a breakdancing competition


interrogation room in the old St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department headquarters


outside a convenience store in Carondelet neighborhood


my son, Harper


from my son’s first sleep-over


Eads Bridge, Downtown STL


inside the Goldenrod Showboat


from the roof of the Saint Louis Art Museum


inside the old KDHX radio station


inside the new KDHX radio station


Telegenic, some new work


from Tower Grove Park


new figurative work


from a wedding


fun shot of an ex-coworker


from Krebel/Joern Wedding


from The Ville neighborhood


inside the Compton Hill Water Tower


outside Soulard Market

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