Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
The title “Nani Ka ʻIkena” references beautiful sights and visuals and translates more literally to “that which is seen is beautiful” which poetically explains the collection of large scale photography on display. The exhibit features vibrant colors and crisp wide vistas which highlight the character and drama of Hawaiʻi Island’s landscape. The collection of ten photographs were captured over the past decade by Tunison and also document the dynamic changes which have occurred in such a short period of time. While the landscape has changed the beauty has endured.
Jesse Tunison was raised in the creative town of Volcano, Hawaiʻi where he was surrounded by artists. While there were many creative influences, his mother Dina Kageler an experienced photographer and artist provided Jesse the use of her old equipment. While Jesse grew up around many professional artists most had no experience in digital photography. Because of this, Jesse considers himself a self-taught artist. His highly technical approach blended with a unique stylization of his images blends perfectly with filmmaking and professional portrait photography. In 2008, Tunison founded Toxikc Color Visuals, a studio that provides photography, sound and cinematography services. Today he is known as a professional fine art and commercial photographer, cinematographer, director, and producer.
“While the Volcano Art Center has been displaying Jesse’s fine art photography for years this is his first solo exhibition”, states Gallery Manager Emily C. Weiss. “We enjoy supporting young artists and their artistic endeavors and we invite the community to do the same by viewing the exhibition.” While the exhibit is free please note that park entrance fees apply.