|Ron Javorsky was born and raised in Cleveland
by a family of musicians. As anyone from the Great Lakes will tell
you, you really learn to appreciate light there. It’s fitting,
therefore, that he would get his first professional experience in photography
there in 1970 as a darkroom technician in a commercial studio.
In 1971 and ’72 he studied photography at the San Francisco Art Institute. He then took a long hiatus while he learned jazz bass.
Back in Cleveland in 1984, a professional musician by now, he worked in another commercial studio before relocating to Los Angeles. In 1998 a trip to Munich, where he had lived in 1967-68, and the Safehouse exhibit in Long Beach’s Lafayette Building hooked him on photography for exhibition. Only death can stop him.
The camera doesn’t lie,
right? But does it tell the “truth?” Or does it tell us what
the photographer wants us to know?
As Proust wrote: “Photography achieves singular images even out of something otherwise well-known, images different from those we are used to seeing, singular and authentic.”
Light is my way of showing the strange within the familiar—unusual illumination, bizarre distortion. As one who grew up in a gray industrial city, I’m especially drawn to yellows and oranges—colors that project warmth, that create contrast, that show us how every-day images can be shown with a luminescent and unique beauty.