The Mt. Hood Community College Visual Arts Gallery will display the works of Portland-based photographer and jazz trumpeter Jon Deshler. The exhibit, which runs from Monday, Oct. 30, through Tuesday, Nov. 21, will feature Deshler’s photographs from the Los Angeles jazz scene in the 1970s and ‘80s.
The title of the exhibit, “Naked Revelations,” refers to those moments of illumination when people realize something new after experiencing an unfamiliar and/or uncomfortable moment, said Deshler.
“It’s those moments that lead to greater understanding, personal growth, and heightened consciousness that help to inform and illuminate the self,” he added.
Deshler began playing the trumpet and taking photographs when he was about 11 years old. Many of the photographs he will show were taken by him between the ages of 14 and 21. The exhibit will show an array of subjects, ranging from renowned jazz players like Count Basie and Freddie Hubbard to more recent images he’s taken of wildlife and landscapes for advertising and outreach campaigns.
“I never really fixated on one particular subject with my photography,” said Deshler. “I have really enjoyed my exposure to different subjects, from elephant to cheetah, Count Basie to Chet Baker, and national ad campaigns to personal exploration.”
Deshler will perform with his jazz trio during an artist’s reception held Thursday, Nov. 2, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Visual Arts Gallery. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
You can see some of Deshler’s photography at jondeshlerjazz.com.