Joshua Jensen-Nagle is a photographer who captures scenes of leisure from a distance, often from high above, transforming people on beaches into toy-like figures set against sublime natural backdrops. In the tradition of photographers like Thomas Struth and Andreas Gursky, Jensen-Nagle’s images reveal arresting visual patterns in the everyday world and create dramatic shifts in perspective that show humans completely enveloped by their environment. Viewing photography as a “means to evoke emotion, rather than to document a reality,” Jensen-Nagle has spent more than a decade traveling the globe in search of beachscapes dotted with bathers to turn into compelling images. The photograph featured in this year’s Art Gems is the artist’s first foray into a Canadian setting, in this case, Tobermory, Ontario.
Over the last dozen years, Jensen-Nagle has mounted over fifty exhibitions across North America. His photographs can be found in numerous corporate collections, including Microsoft, Cirque du Soleil, Target, Transcontinental, and Hilton Hotels. His work was featured in a variety of publications, such as Art In America, Canadian Art, Fashion, and Harper’s. Jensen-Nagle is represented by Bau-Xi Gallery in Toronto.