A Santa Cruz County resident for over twenty years, Jim Bourne has been doing photography since high school and has been concentrating on it for over a decade. Favorite subjects include birds, the natural landscape, and musicians in concert. Recently he has been working on an urban black and white series, originally inspired by a number of buildings in Portland that have a contemporary function, but retain faint, painted traces of what they once were.
Jim’s travels have taken him (and his camera) to many places throughout California, the continental US and Hawaii, as well as to the Galápagos, Costa Rica, and Europe. Close to home, he has the many riches of the Monterey Bay area, San Francisco and points north, and Yosemite Valley to the east.
In addition to photography, Jim has worked in radio for over four decades, as a jazz broadcaster on both coasts. Jim’s love of music goes back to his earliest memories, and it can be seen in the photographs of musicians in performance, some of them dating from the latter 1960s.
Jim has taken part in the Open Studios Art Tour and has exhibited his work at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Stripe, the downtown library, and at other local venues. One of his images appears on a CD cover, and his work is represented on several web sites. He has also provided photographic services to the Santa Cruz Public Library on several occasions and has photographed weddings and various gatherings.