Jimmie Stone is a retired veteran and a graduate of the New York Institute of Photography. Having used SLR cameras since his teens he has gained experience using a number of film cameras before switching to Digital SLR’s in 2004 while stationed in Guam. Although changing to digital cameras was something new it did not change the basic underpinnings of photography he had learned through the decades.
As a local Amelia Island photographer he has earned a stellar reputation and is known for his many talents. He has photographed much of Amelia Island, Fernandina Beach, and the surrounding areas of Jacksonville, Florida. He is active in local photography organizations and is the current host and president of the Fernandina Beach Photography Club. In addition, he teaches local classes for photographers and mentors many other photographers one on one.
In 2019 he was invited by the Nassau County Council on Aging (NCCOA) to teach photography which he continues to do to this day. His expertise, patience, and vast fund of knowledge has made him an indispensable contributor to the NCCOA. His Class Course and booklets have helped many photographers in understanding their camera, photography and developing their photographer eye.
Today, you can see his work in various local galleries and he has generously donated some of his work. You can see his black and white and other fine art work at https://jimmiestonephotography.com.
My passion for photography was born on a high school trip to France. I learned I could freeze any moment in time with the click of my shutter and at any time relive that exact moment. As an adult, I’ve had the privilege to travel the globe for both work and pleasure and have used my camera to capture memories I return to over and over in my mind and heart. For most of my life, photography was a hobby. My photos were personal, stored in boxes of prints and digital files. Looking back at my images, I realized how powerfully a photo tells a story.
In 2016, I was co-creator of a project in Lynn, MA called “Off the Grid”, where people experiencing acute homelessness were taught to use DSLRs to capture images of their life on the streets. For 7 months, we met weekly to collect their photos and stories to create a collection that gave the homeless a voice and a face. “Off the Grid” has travelled through New England, had the stories translated into six languages and has been installed as a permanent exhibit in a large health clinic in Lynn, MA.
In 2017, I moved from Boston to Amelia Island and made an investment in a Sony a7Riii mirrorless camera and a few G Master lenses. While I always felt I had the “eye” for composition, I devoted hundreds of hours studying light, creative style and post processing to prepare myself for traveling the world with my camera when I retired in April 2020. I had more stories to tell. The pandemic altered my plans and I found myself retired and at home. The natural beauty of Amelia Island inspired me in new ways and challenged me to slow down and notice the simple beauty around me.
I became an exhibiting member of the Plantation Artist Guild and Gallery in November 2019 and a year later became the Gallery Director. In late 2020, I was co-creator of a community-wide storytelling project called 2020 A Look Back, 100 photos and stories were selected from hundreds of submissions, to record our experiences in the year 2020. Now a traveling exhibit, video and magazine, its story is permanently recorded.
Each month, I coordinate and lead a group of island residents on a photography excursion, sharing my favorite places to capture local landscape and wildlife.
The passion continues to burn all these years later.
Cindy Merritt Jenkins
Cindy is a photographer and painter in Fernandina Beach, Florida, a locale that provides a rich array of subject matter for both pursuits. Cindy began her photography journey somewhat by accident, originally to inspire content and provide reference for painting subjects. However, she soon fell in love with photography as a medium itself and embarked on a lifelong quest to learn new techniques for capturing and post processing images.
While mostly self-taught, Cindy has pursued photography education in the form of workshops in the United States and abroad. While her keen interest in travel photography was curtailed by restrictions imposed by the Covid pandemic, the beauty and natural surroundings of Amelia Island and the southeast more broadly have provided ample opportunity for creative expression.
Cindy is an exhibiting artist at the Island Art Association in Fernandina Beach, the Plantation Artist Guild and Gallery on Amelia Island, and JW Frame and Gallery in Fernandina Beach, where she displays photographic works as well as paintings in primarily oil and pastel mediums. Additionally, a broader portfolio of works can be found at CynthiaJenkins.com.