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.


Confluence: Rivers in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Sample Pages

Chesapeake Bay is the world’s third-largest estuary. Its 64,000-square-mile watershed extends over of six states and the District of Columbia, and it is home to 18 million people. My forthcoming book, Confluence: Rivers in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, creates a comprehensive portrait of the entire watershed through color panoramic photographs of the river and stream confluences within it. Confluences are historically important sites in relation to settlement, industry, commerce, transportation, and defense, exemplifying important intersections of nature and culture. Photographs in the book have been selected from those made at more than 200 sites throughout the watershed.

Photograph of a book of sample images from Confluences: Rivers in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

As a fundraising tool I created a simple hand-bound book of sample images from Confluence, formatted at the book's anticipated 14 x 9.5 inch trim size. I published the sample pages in this book to ISSUU. You can view them by clicking the link below. While the book hasn't been designed yet (the cover shown here is just for the sample images), the sample pages provide a good idea of the size and placement of panoramic images in the finished book.

Photographs in the book will be arranged in three regional groupings, each progressing from headwaters to bay. The first group includes rivers and streams generally north and northwest of Chesapeake Bay in New York and Pennsylvania; the second group includes rivers and streams to the west of Chesapeake Bay in Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia and Washington, DC; and the third group includes rivers and streams on Delmarva Peninsula in Maryland, Delaware and Virginia.

The book’s front and back matter will include a foreword written by a high-profile author with national visibility in ecology and history and specific expertise in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, an introductory essay that I will write, watershed map with photography locations, interpretive captions for selected photographs, a glossary of rivers and streams within the watershed, an “about the photographs” article, a comprehensive list of Chesapeake Bay watershed organizations and resources and additional photographs.

The goal is to create a 160-page book featuring 70 full-color panoramic photographs in a landscape trim size of 9.5 x 14-inches and a print run of 1,000-1,250 copies. The list price will likely be $45.00.

Depending on the pace of fundraising, Confluence: Rivers in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed will be released in May, 2019

The New Scott Jost Photography Website

Thank you for exploring the new Scott Jost Photography website.

I am a landscape photographer, defining landscape as nature modified for human use and imprinted by human values. My photography and oral history work is about interactions of people and land. It explores land use, ecology, history and community in specific landscapes close to my home and engages in conversations about understanding, protecting and revitalizing those landscapes.

In the coming months, much energy will be focused on completing and preparing my current project, Source and Confluence: Exploring the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, for publication as a book in collaboration with George F. Thompson Publishing. Please visit frequently to see new images from Source and Confluence, learn more about the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, and find updates on this and other projects.

After building my own websites from scratch for years this new website, using a customized WordPress theme, will provide a more effective showcase for my place-based photography work and include additional content, a blog, and eventually an ability to purchase photographs and books on line. I hope you enjoy it and look forward to being in touch with you.