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Our Club Members - Jerry Schimke
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Jerry considers himself a product of the West Coast who lived on the East Coast for fifteen years, and started his family in Concord, MA, before returning west in 1981 to live in Davis, CA.  His professional career first centered on oceanography and environmental consulting in the private sector, and then on emergency planning as a civil servant, for the State of California.  He retired from civil service in 1997.


He has carried a camera with him for over 50 years and has had the good fortune to be present many times when circumstances and light came together in wonderful scenes, waiting to be recorded.  As a born traveler, he has visited Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand in addition to North America and the Arctic and has collected thousands of images.

Jerry believes every photographic image speaks for itself and every individual viewer interprets its ultimate meaning through their own reference frame.  However, he finds it stimulating to use a theme as an organizational attractor to help select a set of images for presentation. 

“The Essence of Time in Two Hemispheres,” a photographic exhibition in the International House, April 10-May 5, 2009, was his first public show.

Each image was selected for “The Essence of Time in Two Hemispheres,” because, in his mind, it illustrates or represents some aspect of “time.”  The primary subject matter comprises a variety of natural landscape features, but nearly one third of the images also contain some type of manmade structures.  He attempts to express aspects of the essence of time by selecting and arranging images in a manner to reflect how time works or is related to mankind.