Joshua Jensen-Nagle's newest series of photographs depicts sun-worshipping bathers and beachgoers in soft, pastel tones. The figures are grouped in crowds on sandy beaches bleached white by the sun, their umbrellas and towels creating rejuvenating pops of colour in serene landscapes. The tranquil feeling in these scenes is emphasized by the artist's application of a light watercolour wash overlaying the photographs, seemingly melting the boundary between the real world and the realm of dreams.
Originally from New Jersey, Joshua Jensen-Nagle moved to Toronto to pursue his artistic education at Ryerson Polytechnic Institute in 1999. Since graduating in 2003, Jensen-Nagle has experimented with various image formats, production techniques and materials. Jensen-Nagle has, in the past, used toy cameras, pinhole cameras, and expired Polaroid film. Jensen-Nagle’s work explores the use of photography as a means to create rather than to document a reality. His work has been collected worldwide and has exhibited in both Canada and the USA.