Travel and photography have been two lifelong passions that have influenced Jim Kalupa’s art.
“In traveling the world for more than 40 years, Alice, my wife and companion for more than 40 years, and my camera are always with me,’’ Kalupa said. “One on either side.”
To escape the frigid winters of his native Wisconsin, Kalupa moved to the Caribbean in 1961. He enjoyed the southern sun during the early 1960s and 1970s, developing an initial interest in “picture taking.’’
Kalupa moved to Southern California and called it home for 30 years. While there, he took several college photography courses and participated in several photo programs.
”After moving to Florida in 2005, with time on my hands, I started to pursue the art more seriously,’’ Kalupa said. “For years, I felt the only true art form was the image as seen through the camera lens and captured on film. I then joined the 21st Century and entered the world of digital imaging.’’
That changed everything.
“The artist with a paint brush creates his own world,’’ Kalupa said. “The film photographer works his magic through the camera lens and in the dark room. Many traditionalists of both media remain true to their preferred art forms and dismiss any degree of metamorphosis.’’
That doesn’t have to be the case.
”Today, digital imaging offers countless creative options that allow greater freedom of expression limited only by the photo artist’s ability and imagination,’’ Kalupa said. “My work runs an eclectic range from straight photos to those slightly tweaked in sharpness and exposure to a collection of images running a gamut of transformation according to my whim at the time.’’
”With a library in the thousands of images, I am sharing some of my work with those who enjoy the beauty of 21st Century photography,’’ Kalupa said.