Art by Jim Gillen

An amateur photographer for more than 40 years, I live in Hampden, Massachusetts. Born in New York City, I developed an interest in photography there. I began a career in journalism as a reporter and editor at the daily newspaper in Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1973 and retired in 2009 after serving as city editor of The Republican for 10 years. I have a bachelor’s degree in communication arts from Fordham University and a master’s degree in business from Western New England University in Springfield. I served in the Air Force for four years and was assigned to Westover AFB in Massachusetts and on Guam and Okinawa.

Cape Cod and its surrounding waters, Nantucket Sound, the Atlantic Ocean and Cape Cod Bay, are among my favorite subjects. I particularly enjoy watching a sunset and capturing it in a photo. My favorite spots are Gray’s Beach in Yarmouth Port and Rock Harbor in Orleans.

I don’t limit my photography to landscapes. I also enjoy visiting cities such at New York and Boston and letting my eye/camera wander over the urban landscape. I like close-ups of flowers, trees and other natural and man-made objects.

My photos have been displayed in solo exhibits at the Salt Pond Visitors Center at the National Seashore on Cape Cod, the Hampden Public Library, Christ the King Lutheran Church in Wilbraham, the Richard Salter Storrs Library in Longmeadow, all in Massachusetts.

One of my photographs, Vienna Cart Path, won first prize at the 2014 Piedmont Photography Show in Somers, Connecticut. The judge said, “Interesting perspective, composition, lovely color palette…draws one in.” Another photograph, In the Shadows, won the 2013 Piedmont Award, also at the Piedmont Photography Show. In the Shadows also was honored with the People’s Choice Award at the 2013 Wilbraham Art League Photography Exhibit. Both are on exhibit here.

A selection of my photos are available here. You can order photos there or by contacting me at (413) 237-1399 or gillenj@me.com.

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