“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 45 years, getting my start at the age of 17 with a vintage RolleiFlex camera. Five years later I started to study modern dance professionally and began work as movement arts educator. Photography became solely a personal contemplative practice when journeying in the wilderness until 2007, when I was inspired to begin exhibiting my work in various venues, including galleries, healthcare facilities and churches.


Dance and photography are mutually supportive, with each in their own way teaching me to be still in motion and to move while still. Like a lizard settled on my belly in the sand, or like sandpipers darting on the shoreline dodging the waves, I am in a dynamic duet with the focus of my attention, and depend upon my mobility - and the somatic practices of breath, stillness, and movement – to guide this intimate process of creation.


This work is called NatureBeingArt to showcase the compelling ephemeral aesthetic of nature, this sensorium of light, motion, color and form on this mysterious and magnificent planet. I am interested in capturing life unfolding at the water's edge, where contemporary abstract paintings are created moment-by-moment. The final images are minimally altered, so what you see is what I perceived and harvested - a constant reminder that nature is always there for us and simply needs our attention to truly appreciate its creativity.


Jamie McHugh is an award-winning fine art photographer, somatic movement specialist (www.somaticexpression.com) and multidisciplinary artist. He has been working in the fields of dance, somatic education, and the therapeutic arts for the past 40 years. Jamie lives and works on the Mendocino coast of California, and teaches seminars internationally and online. Read his resume here

Jamie at work - photo by Neil Silverman.


"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