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

Monica, Part Two

Posted in Uncategorized by Jason Gray on December 12, 2017

There is certainly something to be said for having the lucky opportunity to work with the same model on more than one occasion, especially if the model and the photographer operate on the same wavelength. This is the case with Monica, who I have been promising a second shoot for since our first session in May.



Interlude: Senior Photos with Sam

Posted in art, Interlude, Jason Gray, model, photography, Uncategorized by Jason Gray on October 31, 2016

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Sam is a senior in high school preparing to embark upon a college career in baseball, while pursuing a degree in engineering.  I recently had the lucky opportunity to photograph Sam for his senior pictures, which was no sweat for this confident, bright athlete (that his location preferences were easy to work with and the fact that he’s got a little James Dean-ness to his look perhaps supported as well).

If you enjoy the images and want to book your own portrait session, message me at grayphotostl@yahoo.com


Interlude: Tidying Up

Posted in art, Arts Writing, awareness, family, Jason Gray, links, photography, Review, Uncategorized by Jason Gray on May 11, 2016

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I finished tidying up the sidebar today to make searching for what you want to read easier and quicker (especially on a smart device).  I apologize to subscribers for the litany of post updates that you were probably sent, but it was a necessary process and well worth it moving forward.

Please take a moment to peruse the newly organized content under “Arts Writing” and “Gear Reviews”, which now directs you to the topics you want more efficiently.  Sometime in the near future I will also fix the broken image links in some of the interviews, and then this battle station will be fully operational!


Recent Portrait Work

Posted in art, awareness, family, learning, perception, photography, Uncategorized by Jason Gray on May 19, 2013


Above and below are two photographs in a new diptych. The images express the myopia many Americans share when they perceive of people different from those of European or African ancestry that they are used to interacting with (granted, white Americans have another sort of myopic vision when it comes to black Americans, but that’s a separate topic for a later time). Regin is the man depicted, and both pictures show him with his beautiful family. Regin and his family are from Kurdistan, which is a nation without a state existing inside the borders of Iraq, Iran, Syria and Turkey. In either picture a potential truth is shown, and it is up to the viewer to decide how much reality (if any) exists in either image.

Although Regin, his wife, and son are Muslim, the garments that they wear in the top image have more of a cultural association than a religious one. That said, for many people from the Middle East and elsewhere, religion and culture are synonymous; a problem arises when Americans (and others) superficially connotate specious or intransigent aspects of a culture or even a religious sect with an entire people.



Posted in art, photography by Jason Gray on July 12, 2012

This is a new portrait of my sister, Emma. She is such a little performance artist. B-sides are after the jump. (more…)

New Portrait and Blog Plans

Posted in art, photography by Jason Gray on May 6, 2012

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Gentle readers, I have been neglecting you and I apologize.  This summer, I hope to add a score of photo how-to’s, some reviews, and more because you deserve it.  Stay tuned!

Recent Portraits

Posted in art, interview, model, perception, photography by Jason Gray on August 26, 2011

I don’t have a lot new to share despite the fact that I have been really busy. Does that make any sense? I didn’t think so.

Anyway, here are a few examples of some recent portraits that I have been taking. If you read One Round Jack, expect to find a few of these faces popping up again soon.

All Nikon D300 with either a Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G, 105mm f/2.8G, or 50mm f/1.8E lens.


Portrait Series

Posted in art, photography, Uncategorized by Jason Gray on July 12, 2011

Photographing a person’s likeness is a very intimate gesture, for a picture exposes a subject to the realm of possibilities. When a viewer sees a portrait, they are invited into a person’s life while their defenses are down. Therefore, it is the primary responsibility of the photographer, in these sessions, to capture what is vulnerable.


Photo-shoot with Francesca Wilmott of Los Caminos

Posted in art, interview, model, photography, Uncategorized by Jason Gray on March 27, 2011

In anticipation for my recent interview with Francesca Wilmott, co-owner of Los Caminos gallery on Cherokee Street, we met up for a photo-session in the John F. Kennedy Memorial Forest (in Forest Park). I am quite pleased with how everything turned out; when you are finished looking, read the interview over at One Round Jack.

Nikon D300 with Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G lens.

My Best of 2010

Posted in 35mm, art, model, photography, Uncategorized, wedding, winter, zoo by Jason Gray on December 10, 2010

2010 has been a looonnng year, or at least it’s sure seemed long. This year, I have experienced innumerable highs and lows, which is strange because the entire time while they were happening, I felt sort of distracted. Realizations in hindsight… Anyway, here are 25 of my favorite pictures that I took this year (kind of a tradition now for me). Enjoy!