Art

In Honor of Earth Day My Daugther Chloe’s Hands Holding Earth

My Daugther Chloe's Hands Holding Earth

We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.  Native American Proverb I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.  ~John Muir Humankind has not woven the web of life.  We are but […]


” Portrait of Long Island: The North Fork and the Hamptons” Exhibition Madelle Hegeler Semerjian gallery in the Roger Memorial Library

Jake Rajs exhibition at Rogers Memorial Library'€™s Madelle Hegeler Semerjian Gallery. April 1- April 30, 2012

” Portrait of Long Island: The North Fork and the Hamptons” Exhibition By Jake Rajs Madelle Hegeler Semerjian gallery in the Roger Memorial Library 91 Coopers Farm Road, Southampton, NY, Exhibition April 2- April 30.  hours 10am-9 pm Mon-Thu, Sat 10-5 , Sun 1-5 Link To Review in Hampton Arts


Easter Celebration

Cherry Blossoms, New York Botanical Gardens, Bronx, New York City, NY

  Twas Easter-Sunday. The full-blossomed trees Filled all the air with fragrance and with joy. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow In the bonds of Death He lay Who for our offence was slain; But the Lord is risen to-day, Christ hath brought us life again, Wherefore let us all rejoice, Singing loud, with cheerful voice, Hallelujah! Martin […]


Celebration of Passover

Jerusalem: Wailing Wall, Israel, people praying

“Passover has a message for the conscience and the heart of all mankind. For what does it commemorate? It commemorates the deliverance of a people from degrading slavery, from most foul and cruel tyranny. And so, it is Israel’s – nay, God’s protest against unrighteousness, whether individual or national.” ~ Morris Joseph


7 World Trade Center, Manhattan, NYC, 2010

7 World Trade Center, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA, designed by Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill, Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill, first certified "green" office building, developer Silverstein Properties

  I was drawn by the way the building seems to disappear become part of the clouds and sky. JR To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the […]


“New York City Landmarks” Photographs by Jake Rajs Text by Francis Marrone

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  Press Release New York City Landmarks Jake Rajs Antique Collectors’ Club9781851496853 £12.95 Hardback 195 mm x 145 mm 236 pages Publishing May 2012 Stunning images of New York’s most famous landmarks, captured in ways never seen before. Includes 10 fold-out spreads and the history behind each landmark. New York is constantly changing and reinventing […]


Still, Long Island Sound, by Jake Rajs

Still, Long Island Sound, New York, Southhold, Connecticut in distance

Still, Sunset, Cutchogue, NY, Long Island Sound, Birch Beach, 2005 When I first saw the beauty of the afterglow on the Long Island Sound I was captured. There was this abstract expressionist quality to the scene. Each minute the colors changed. This was one of those sunsets were the colors glowed and yet there was […]


Between Sea and Sky Landscapes of Long Island’s North Fork by Jake Rajs

Betweeen Sea and Sky Landscapes of Long Island's North Fork by Jake Rajs, essay by Jesse Browner, Afterward by Joshua Y. Horton

  Between Sea and Sky Landscapes of Long Island’s North Fork A Note From The Photographer Jake Rajs Three years ago, at work on a book about the Atlantic Ocean, I found myself on the North Fork. I was excited by the light, the land, and the sea. Photographing a sunset on the Sound and experiencing […]


Snowy Road to My Studio in Catskill Mountains, New York, picture of the day

Snow Covered Driveway, in Catskill Park, Mt Tremper, New York

This is a picture of a road to a studio that was a cabin I had in the Catskill Mountains. There were days that the only way in was to snow shoe. One had the peace to focus on creating without distractions.  This ultimately led to a book on the Hudson River.   For an […]


New York, South Fork, Quogue, wave curl

New York, South Fork, Quogue, wave curl

  Wave Curl, Quogue, NY,   I had driven about an hour to get to the beach at sunrise. It was a clear day. The waves were rolling in beautifully. I shot about 500 photos to get the perfect moment when the wave feels like a glass petal.


Blue Sparkle, Atlantic Ocean, Montauk, New York, Long Island, South Fork

Blue Sparkle, Atlantic Ocean, Montauk New York, , Long Island, South Fork

Blue Sparkle, Atlantic Ocean, Montauk, 2004 I was high on the bluffs on the Eastern most spot In Long Island looking out at the vast expanse of the ocean, It was late morning the sky and the ocean where this wonderful blue. The sun created these wonderful sparkles on the water. On a wall it […]


Playing volleyball, Ponquogue Beach, Hampton Bays, NY

Ponquogue Beach, Hampton Bays, New York, South Fork, Long Island

Playing volleyball, Ponquogue Beach, Hampton Bays, NY. This is a composite of 2 pictures, shot over the span of 45 minutes.  One of the volleyball players and one of the family walking with the stripped beach towels. The luminous lighting and harmony of the repetitive lines of the snow fence, blue beach towels and the […]


Manhattan An Island In Focus book by Jake Rajs

Manhattan an Island In Focus book by Jake Rajs

  Manhattan an Island in Focus introduction Manhattan is a romance between the dreams of its people and their reality. As a photographer I try to capture those special visual moments when the dream becomes a real. My earliest memory of the city is the immigrant’s introduction to the Promised Land. I was eight years […]


New New York, a collage photograph by Jake Rajs

Modern New York City

New New York,  Collage of buildings that were build the first decade of the 21 century A couple of years ago I noticed that New York had gone through an architectural transformation. It moved into the 21 century. This is an image of the new buildings and parks that were created during the first decade […]


Jake Rajs’ by Peter Kotsinadelis 
These United States—The Definitive American Landscape, Rangefinder Magazine Article

Jake Rajs’ by Peter Kotsinadelis 
These United States—The Definitive American Landscape, Rangefinder Magazine Article They say a picture is worth a thousand words. That being the case, one could say the images in Jake Rajs’ new book, These United States, speak volumes. The book is the most recent from the New York-based photographer and took […]


Presidents Day, Washington’s Birthday, Mount Vernon, Mount Rushmore by Jake Rajs

South Dakota, Mount Rushmore National Monument in Black Hills

Mount Vernon, located near Alexandria, Virginia, was the plantation home of George Washington, the first President of the United States. The mansion is built of wood in neoclassical Georgian architectural style, and is located along the Potomac River. Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to […]


Parade for Hostages returning from Iran, Broadway, Manhattan, photo by Jake Rajs

Parade for Hostages returning from Iran, Broadway Avenue, Manhattan, New York City, NY, USA

The experience of photographing Manhattan is so overwhelming that time seems to stop. When the hostages were freed from Iran in 1981 and New York gave them a ticker-tape parade, I got a press pass and found a good vantage point on the ledge of high above Broadway. All of the sudden I could hear […]


8 Spruce Street, architect Frank Gehry, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

8 Spruce Street, architect Frank Gehry, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

8 Spruce Street, architect Frank Gehry, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA. I love the fluid forms of the building as you look up into the sky. The steel and glass wall looks like it is a curtain blowing in the wind. “Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness.” Frank […]


The journey is the reward. -Tao Saying California, Route 1, Big Sur, Aerial, Pacific Ocean. Sunset

California, Route 1, Big Sur, Aerial, Pacific Ocean. Sunset

The journey is the reward.  -Tao Saying California, Route 1, Big Sur, Aerial, Pacific Ocean. Sunset


Perpetual Learning-Lincoln Center-Welcome Led Lighted Staircase

Perpetual Learning I go to work every morning with the possibility that I might learn something I don’t already know. . . . If you look at a problem as an opportunity to show what you already know, it’s useless. You should look at every problem and think, “What can I learn by doing this?” […]


Lovers, Barcelona, Spain

Couple Walking Together, Barcelona, Spain

I whispered, ‘I am too young,’ 
And then, ‘I am old enough’; Wherefore I threw a penny To find out if I might love. ‘Go and love, go and love, young man, If the lady be young and fair.’ 
Ay, penny, brown penny, brown penny, 
I am looped in the loops of her hair. O […]


Thurgood Marshall U.S. Courthouse, by Cass Gilbert, Triumph of the Human Spirit, Sculptor Lorenzo Pace, Foley Square Black History

Thurgood Marshall U.S. Courthouse, by Cass Gilbert, Triumph of the Human Spirit, Sculptor Lorenzo Pace, Foley Square, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA, fountain

  A child born to a Black mother in a state like Mississippi… has exactly the same rights as a white baby born to the wealthiest person in the United States. It’s not true, but I challenge anyone to say it is not a goal worth working for. Thurgood Marshall If the First Amendment means […]


Apollo Theater, famous music hall Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, New York – Black History

Apollo Theater, most famous music hall, Architect: George Keister, Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

Apollo Theater,  most famous music hall, Architect: George Keister, Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA he Apollo Theater in New York City is one of the oldest and most famous music halls in the United States, and the most famous club associated almost exclusively with African-American performers. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places,[2] and was the home of Showtime at the […]


Beale Street is a street in Downtown Memphis, Tennessee, Black History

Beale Street is a street in Downtown Memphis, Tennesse

Beale Street is a street in Downtown Memphis, Tennessee,which runs from the Mississippi River to East Street Beale Street is a street in Downtown Memphis, Tennessee, which runs from the Mississippi River  to East Street. It is a significant location in the city’s history, as well as in the history of the blues. Today, the blues clubs […]