The Jax Makerspace Gallery has a new photography exhibit called Jacksonville: A Tale of My City. Jenna and Hurley talk with three of the photographers, Malcolm Jackson, Bob Self, and Cheryl McCain, during the opening reception at Downtown Art Walk. The three photographers tell us about their work and how they went about capturing the true identity of their favorite Jacksonville neighborhoods and monuments.
Malcolm Jackson (b. 1993) is an artist and street photographer. Raised in Jacksonville, Malcolm’s love for photography came from going out with his uncle on photoshoots during his freelance career in the late 1990s and early 2000s. After multiple Track and Field injuries began to sideline Jackson in high school, he started picking up his camera more regularly. Photography became a coping mechanism to deal with his depression from his injuries, and he hasn’t looked back since. He began by documenting muscle cars with his uncle. After feeling that his environment wasn’t being documented for the future to witness, he made it one of his many missions to document Jacksonville’s voiceless.
Bob Self has been a staff photographer for The Florida Times-Union for 34 years and counting. His coverage has included a full spectrum of news, sports, and feature assignments. Even though he’s photographed every U.S. President since Jimmy Carter, shot a couple of Super Bowls, and flown in formation with the Blue Angels, Self’s favorite part of his job is connecting with everyday people who share their humbling stories. In addition to his work as a photojournalist, Self shoots personal work and represents the vintage photography collection by former Jacksonville photographer Loyd Sandgren, which he shares at vintagejacksonville.net and houses in the Jacksonville Public Library’s Special Collection.
Cheryl McCain has been a resident of Jacksonville since 1997. A few years after retiring from the Navy, she given her first DSLR camera and shortly thereafter enrolled into the Art Institute of Jacksonville to study photography. After two years, she left the school due to the closing of the Jacksonville campus. That didn’t stop her from pursuing her passion and love of photography. Her intention with her photography is to pull the viewer into the world that she captures.