Jack Bell

Jack Bell :: Jack Bell Photography

Jack Bell is literally a jack-of-all-trades. Not only is he a multi-talented photographer, he is an amateur boxer, martial arts instructor, volleyball club coach, physical therapist, hair stylist and amateur artist.

He has always been interested in the arts, and at one point was going to become a commercial artist, until he found out there were a lot better artists out there than him. He eventually became a hairstylist, and during that time his boss, who was an amateur photographer, suggested he give photography a try. One day, a co-worker in his salon asked him to photograph her wedding. At the time, the closest he had ever come to photographing a wedding was taking pictures of flowers outside of a church. However, he did it, and it turned out ok. Afterwards, photography became a passion, but Jack eventually went back to college and started a career in  Physical Therapy. After working and running a wedding photography business for several decades, Jack is now retired, and finds himself on camping and hiking excursions photographing the great outdoors, bugs, birds, trees, waterfalls, sunsets, and even flowers outside churches. Because of that, he continues to maintain a passion for the art of photography and is still learning new techniques.

Jack’s photograph is a portrait of his daughter that he shot during a session for her school, the Pittsburgh Technical College. His daughter has a degree in Multi-Media, and she is both an accomplished ballet dancer and a teacher for DCPA . The photograph was taken in Pittsburgh, near the river. Although he claims that he is not accomplished in Photoshop, he used a little know-how to create this composite of the original photograph and strokes with the sketch brush.

“It is always a thrill to have your work picked by your peers, and have your name and work shown for others to enjoy. I still look at many other Photographers work in awe. In retrospect, I would have gone to college for this career, than my other had I known how much I was going to love this Art….You must always follow your heart. Not your head….:)”

Jack would like to thank his family, who have supported him over the years, and also those who told him not to go into the field, but that he needed a college degree to become an accomplished professional photographer. He’s always been of the mindset that if you tell him that he can’t do something, he will prove you wrong.