When Jack Ledbetter aims a camera at the landscape, at an element of New England architecture, at a nude framed by a Maine coast ledge, he brings a lifetime of photography to the moment. Committed to the art and craft of the lens since he was a youngster growing up in Georgia, today Ledbetter is a consummate camera artist, a master of light and composition.
Ledbetter's large color prints, coveted by collectors, display clarity of vision that invites the eye to linger and explore. Encompassing both expanse and detail, these photographs of Maine reward multiple viewings. They lead us into a special landscape, be it a view of Mount Desert Island from Bakers Island, a complex patch of tidal ledge or a crashing wave at Prouts Neck. The presentation of the image is impeccable, the sense of light and weather extraordinary.
Maine islands are among Ledbetter's favorite motifs; he spends as much time as possible exploring the vast archipelago in search of subjects. He is a master of the panorama, hiking to the top of Mount Desert Island’s mountains or boating to an outer island in order to gain access to remarkable vistas. He knows that there is no forcing a sunrise or sunset, a bank of fog or tidal swells; patience is an absolutely necessary virtue. Stunning photographs bear out this willingness to wait for the perfect shot.