Jakes Writing & Poetry

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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. […]


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 […]


Freedom

Freedom, United States

When I was eight, my parents immigrated to the United States from Poland via Israel because of the freedom that America offered. I created this picture with images from around the country that involved this countries struggle to create freedom. Collage of the places in the United States that show the journey towards freedom. Pictures […]


Blue Sparkle, Atlantic Ocean, Montauk, NY

Blue Sparkle, Atlantic Ocean, Montauk, New York

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 feels like a window out into the […]


Heart Rocks

Heart Rocks, Long Island Sound, Long Island, New York, , North Fork

When I started exploring the shoreline of the North Fork of Long Island, I noticed that there where a lot of rocks shaped like hearts. I collected them and one day put them back in the water and photographed this scene. i carry your heart with me (i carry it in my heart) i am […]


IAC building designed by Frank O. Gehry and 100 Eleventh Avenue designed by Ateliers Jean Nouvel and Beyer Blinder Bell, Chelsea, NYC

IAC building designed by Frank O. Gehry and 100 Eleventh Avenue designed by Ateliers Jean Nouvel and Beyer Blinder Bell, New York City, New York, Chelsea

Sunset from the Highline, NYC I was walking on the Highline 3 years ago and saw the IAC building designed by Frank O. Gehry and 100 Eleventh Avenue designed by Ateliers Jean Nouvel and Beyer Blinder Bell, realized how much New York had changed. I’m always trying to  create something that has never been created before. […]


Canyons of the Ancients, Colorado

Colorado. Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, Lowry Pueblo Ruins National Historic Landmark, built by the Anasazi, circa 1050–1150 AD

Winter morning driving the back roads of Colorado. The storm was clearing and I decided to snowshoe into Canyons of the Ancients, to see the Lowry Pueblo Ruins,  an Indian ruin that I had not visited before. As the sun started coming out it illuminated the fresh snow and ruins. The ancient ruins contrasted with the […]


Marsh, Dawn, Quogue, New York

Marsh, Dawn, Quogue, New York, Long Island, Hamptons

When I photograph a landscape, I try to capture the miracle that there is nothing more beautiful and perfect than what is created by nature. It has a calming, soothing and inspiring influence on our spirit, reminding us to appreciate each day and celebrate the unique beauty that exists only in the moment. Jake Rajs