“I am fascinated by the images within the images. What an inspiration. I was taken aback by the beauty, sensuality and obvious love put into each and every one.”

John, Expressive Arts Therapist

Artist Statement

I have been a photographer for the past 35 years. At the age of 17, I got my start with a vintage RolleiFlex camera, shooting primarily B&W. Five years later I started to dance professionally and work as an arts educator. Photography receded into the background and became a personal contemplative practice until 2006, when I began shooting full-time on the northern California coast.

Dance and photography have each in their own way taught me to be still while in motion, and to be moving while still. I call this work NatureBeingArt to bring attention to the compelling ephemeral aesthetic of nature on this mysterious and magnificent planet. As an artist I am inspired by the excitement of life unfolding and make my studio at the water's edge, where nature itself creates contemporary abstract paintings moment-by-moment that I can photograph.

I am not a “documenter” of nature with photography, but more of a “co-creator”, rendering nature not as figurative or static landscape, but as a dynamic dance of light, motion, color and form. I am interested in preserving this natural aesthetic on a "canvas" to reconnect the public, the art world and nature in a new and different way. Consequently, the images are minimally altered and are not digital composites nor are they color saturated. What is seen is what I saw - a constant reminder of life on a magnificent planet that simply needs our attention to truly appreciate its creativity.

About Jamie 

Jamie McHugh is an award-winning fine art photographer, somatic coach (www.somaticexpression.com) and performance artist. He has been working in the field of therapeutic arts and somatic movement education for the past 35 years. Jamie is on faculty at John F Kennedy University and at Tamalpa Institute in the Bay Area, and teaches seminars internationally. He lives on the northern California coast.

Top photo of Jamie at work by Neil Silverman. Above, photo by Jamie McHugh


"No matter how slow the film, spirit always stands still long enough for the photographer it has chosen."  - Minor White


“Nobody sees a flower, really – it is so small – we haven’t time, and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time.” - Georgia O’Keefe