Waterscape: Picturesque Views of Hampton Roads

Scott Jost’s Photographs at the Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, Virginia

Through April 5, three of my large-format panoramic photographs are featured in “Waterscape: Picturesque Views of Hampton Roads” at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia.

Waterscape: Picturesque Views of Hampton Roads

The exhibit pairs my contemporary panoramic photographs with 19th century views of the Hampton Roads waterscape by English-born artist, Joshua Shaw. Shaw arrived in Norfolk in 1819 to make watercolor studies for a portfolio of engravings titled Picturesque Views of American Scenery. The portfolio which, according to Shaw, featured “scenic views of America’s most pleasing and iconic landscapes,” included three engravings based on his watercolor studies. My photographs depict almost the same sites represented in Shaw’s images. As the exhibit description states, “The juxtaposition of Jost’s photographs and Shaw’s prints explores the nature, appearance, and deeper implications of the rapid changes that have overtaken the waterfront landscape while also reinforcing the historical continuity of the water’s edge as the focus of art and life within Hampton Roads.

The exhibit is curated by Corey Piper, curator of American art at the Chrysler, with additional research assistance provided by Robert Wojtowicz at Old Dominion University, and the Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences.