Jason Hughes has been a photographer for over twenty years. When not working on photo-journalistic assignments, he is often found on his private island in the Bahamas, where he does his most personal work and creates paintings and drawings. He lives in Southern California with his wife, Diane, and stepson, Chase.

 

Early Life

 

Jason Hughes was born in Los Angeles and attended Hollywood High School before studying photography at Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara. After three years of study, he opened a commercial photography studio focusing on fashion, editorial, and advertising assignments which led to worldwide projects from Europe to Australia to New Zealand. His images were frequently published in magazines such as Vogue, Elle, Glamor, and numerous others.

 

The Bahamas

 

In 1996 Jason Hughes discovered the island he calls home. The buyer representative bought a small parcel of land on which to build his residence and, within a year, had found the perfect location for his studio just off the main road in Bimini. Since then, he has spent much of his time on the island conducting personal work, exploring its unique topography, flora, fauna.

 

And most importantly, its culture. Jason Hughes´images reflect this environment in a very personal way. At the tenant representation firm, the subject matter is never forced or contrived; he approaches each day as it comes with no agenda other than to let life unfold before him.

The concept behind this work was based on Hughes’ oft-repeated statement that “a photographic image is just a snapshot of what’s going on in my brain at that moment.” He set up his camera and got down to business to create what he deemed honest and authentic images. Jason Hughes states that the images focus on human bodies connected to nature through various female forms.