Accomplished Photographer Mickey Mathis

With JC Fridays just two days away, we couldn’t let Mickey Mathis’s participation go unreported. Mickey Mathis has been documenting life in Jersey City for 25 years. Even if you don’t recognize his name, you’ve absolutely seen his work. It’s in ads, it’s hanging in restaurants, and it’s on the pages of magazines, both locally and internationally.

Many of us, armed with Instagram and iPhones, consider ourselves amateur photographers. Maybe we’ve even taken a class or attended a webinar. Indeed, photography has taken over our lives and our social media channels.

And of course Mickey has fancier equipment than we do, and he understands composition and lighting in a way that we probably don’t – but that’s not what makes Mickey extraordinary.

Mickey shows up. Snowstorm? He’s there. Snowball? He’s there too. “That’s what photography is all about,” he says.

“You really have to do it all the time. You have to be there when the shot comes – because that’s how it is. All of a sudden the shot will be speaking, whispering ‘Over Here! Over Here!’ If you don’t pay attention to it, you’re gonna lose it.

“You have to tune in. It’s like tuning into the universe. It’s mystical. The world is your studio. You can say, ‘Oh I have this studio downtown,” but then you’re limited. Your studio is right in front of you. You don’t have to go to Jamaica to take pictures. Just participate and appreciate where you’re at. Even if you have to get off the bus. If the shot calls, the shot calls. Ring the bell and go get it. It won’t wait for you.”

*Interact with the gallery by clicking on any of its photographs.*

Come meet Mickey at Gallerie Hudson (197 Newark Ave.) from 5-8:30 on Friday, March 3, 2017. Can’t make it? It’s already hung. Feel free to pass by anytime. In addition, Gallerie Hudson will also be featuring the works of  the late painter Elmira Wade. 

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Mel Kozakiewicz a professor, editor, writer, and mother of two.

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