JillObermaier

JillObermaier

Art, life, learning and teaching intertwine.

I am a photographer/artist and teacher in the Chicago area.

My personal work keeps me excited and engaged in my teaching practice. Although I love simply playing with composition, light and time; I am also interested in exploring how truth, ideas, objects, forms and people change and develop over time and through interpretation. I love when a photographic moment transcends reality and becomes a new reality.Some of my images are straight photography and others are highly manipulated in Photoshop or by hand. In my commercial work I specialize in environmental, editorial and studio portraits.

As a teacher, I am lucky to work with many wonderful young photographers at Morton West High School. Their talent and creativity never ceases to amaze and inspire me. My two daughters and my husband are inspiration to me as well, they are among my favorite subjects to photograph.

My favorite photographer/artists are Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Duane Michals, Sally Mann, Diane Arbus, Arthur Tress, William Klein, Les Krims, Jerry Uelsmann, Maggie Taylor, Julie Blackmon, Jeff Wall and Jimmy Robert.