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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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Bio Jake Rajs

    Jake Rajs Jake Rajs was born in Poland and moved to Israel before coming to Brooklyn at age eight. “My father came first, while we were in Israel, maybe it’s my childhood memory talking, but we came on a ship. It took two weeks, and then we arrived in New York harbor. We […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Monument to Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, the commander of the first Massachusetts regiment of black men serving in the Civil War, and his regiment, located in Boston

Monument to Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, the commander of the first Massachusetts regiment of black men serving in the Civil War, and his regiment, located in Boston, Massachusetts

Monument to Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, the commander of the first Massachusetts regiment of black men serving in the Civil War, and his regiment, located in Boston, Massachusetts. Photos of the USA


Poets Alley, The Mall, Central Park, Manhattan, NYC, Snow

Central Park, New York City, New York, Manhattan, Poets Alley, The Mall, Snow

Central park is an oasis. After a storm I took a walk through the park, and come upon this wonderful winter wonderland.


Louis Vuitton, Fifth Avenue – Why art? What is the reason? photo by Jake Rajs

Mannequins with Neon, Louis Vuitton,, 1 East 57th Street, New York City, New York,

Mannequins with Neon, Louis Vuitton,, 1 East 57th Street, New York City, New York Why art? What is the reason?  This insight is from a speech by Milton Glaser. “How does art help you survive? It helps us survive by making us attentive. In a simplistic way, when you go past a forest and you look […]


Publishing Books by Jake Rajs

Jake Rajs' Photography Coffee Table Books

This is an excerpt from a letter I wrote to a young man interested in doing books. These words by Beatrice Warde capture how it feels to walk into a publisher’s office.  “This is a printing office crossroads of civilization refuge of all the arts against the ravages of time…friend you stand on sacred ground.” […]


Ocean Waves Kissing The Shoreline, photo by Jake Rajs

Wave, Sand Striations, New York, Quogue

There is nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean waves keep kissing the shoreline. image link