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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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Modern Home, 733 Daniels Lane, designed by Charles Gwathmey, Sagaponack, New York

Modern Home, 733 Daniels Lane, designed by Charles Gwathmey, Sagaponack, New York

Modern Home, 733 Daniels Lane, designed by Charles Gwathmey, Sagaponack, New York, Was very happy to photograph this Gwathmey House.  He was one of America’s best modern architects. It was one of the most beautiful homes I have photographed.  It was perfectly conceptually and physically  put together. The geometry, light, forms and quality of the […]


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 […]


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 […]


Shooting Aerials from a helicopter, Empire and Statue of Liberty buildings,NYC

New York. Chrysler Building Aerial, New York City, designed by William Van Alen in 1928

One of the most exciting experiences I have is photographing the city from a helicopter. It’s like being Superman, swooping in and around the buildings, circling the Statue of Liberty. Just as the camera is a machine that I can use to extend my vision, the helicopter is another extension, giving me the ability to fly. […]


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


Sea glass, Napeague Bay, Amagansett

Seaglass, New York, Amagansett, Napeague Bay, South Fork, Long Island, High angle looking down on water, panoram

Sea glass, Napeague Bay, Amagansett, NY I walked  out on a pier over the bay the sun was high above me, I was excited by the light patterns on and through the water . 2 photos stitched together


Valentine’s Day, Couple Walking In The Rain, Piazza San Marco, Venice, Italy

Couple walking in the rain, Piazza San Marco, Venice, Italy

Kahlil Gibran on Love When love beckons to you, follow him, Though his ways are hard and steep. And when his wings enfold you yield to him, Though the sword hidden among his pinions may wound you. And when he speaks to you believe in him, Though his voice may shatter your dreams as the […]


Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday

Kentucky. Abraham Lincoln's boyhood home 1811-1816, at Knob Creek in Hodgenville

Abraham Lincoln Quotes My dream is of a place and a time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope of earth. Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. […]


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?” […]


Hudson River Sunset, Hudson Highlands, Garrison, New York

Hudson River Sunset, Hudson Highlands, Garrison, New York

Hudson River, Hudson Highlands, Garrison, NY, 1985 Archival pigment print.  I was finishing up my book on the Hudson River. I still hadn’t captured what I felt would be the cover of the book. This was my last day of shooting, I arrived at this location when the sky was still overcast cloudy, as the […]


Tear Drop Arch, Arizona, Utah, Monument Valley, Navajo Nation

Tear Drop Arch, Arizona, Utah, Monument Valley

Navajo saying- ”Beauty before me, beauty behind me, beauty to the right of me, beauty to the left of me, beauty above me, beauty below me, I am on the pollen path.”