August 10, 2007—The Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH) will feature a photograph taken by Jersey Village High School photography teacher Jason Neumann in its upcoming exhibition, “Houston Wilderness: A Collaboration.”
The exhibition, which will celebrate the Houston area’s ecological diversity and underscore the fragile balance between the city and nature, will be on display at the MFAH from Sept. 22 to Jan. 6. It will feature 50 photographs taken throughout the last three decades.
Neumann captured his shot, Bridge Over Big Cypress Creek, in 2002, using an 8-by-10 large format camera that he mounted in the middle of the creek. He attached a smaller lens to the camera to produce a circular, black-and-white image of the creek dipping below a bridge and sneaking around a turn.
“It’s one of the ones I’m more proud of. I was glad they chose that one to represent the collection,” Neumann said. “I was pretty pumped when they told me it would be featured, because some people wait a lifetime for that.”
Neumann graduated from Cy-Fair High School in 1989, where he received photography inspiration from former teacher Ward Sanders. Seven years later he took the photography teacher job at Jersey Village, a position he has held ever since.
“I can’t stress enough how much fun it is to go to work every day,” he said. “The same light bulb that went off in my head when I was a photography student is now going off in my students’ heads.”
Neumann will attend the opening of the exhibition at the MFAH on Sept. 22. The event begins with a 4 p.m. panel discussion at the Caroline Wiess Law Building entitled “A Conversation about Houston Wilderness,” followed by a reception and viewing in the galleries. Neumann’s work is represented by the Harris Gallery in Houston.
Photo by Jason Neumann
Jersey Village teacher Jason Neumann’s photograph, Bridge Over Big Cypress Creek, will be featured in an upcoming MFAH exhibition entitled “Houston Wilderness: A Collaboration.”
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