photograph by anna latino
Jess was raised in Auburn, Massachusetts where she first experimented with art and expression, utilizing all mediums at her disposal. She graduated in 2014 from Fitchburg State University with a dual-bachelors degree in photography and literature. Studying photography under Peter Laytin, she acquired significant darkroom and analogue experience that holds a primitive influence in her work.
Following graduation, she completed an internship at Anderson Ranch in Snowmass Village CO, where she assisted workshops for a number of contemporary photographers in digital mediums, bookmaking, Wordpress, as well as wet plate collodion printing. From 2014-2019, she worked as an Imaging Specialist at an nationally renowned publication.
Jess is a current graduate student at Lesley University, obtaining her Masters degree in Photography and Visual Arts. Her personal work has been exhibited in various group exhibitions, and can be found in a number of private collections throughout the U.S. She is the proud founder of the Boston based photography group Photo Lounge, creating space and community for local photographers of all backgrounds.
Her most recent work explores the themes of identity and the universally-shared coming-of-age experience.