Jim Nevill is an outdoor enthusiast, educator, family man and co-founder of Lifeschool, a non-profit organization leading teens on adventure trips. Jim's fine art landscapes, commercial work, ocean and adventure photography explores themes of balance, honesty, hope and humility. Jim's photography is driven by a passion to share inspiring scenery of a world full of possibilities.
For me, the camera is simply a vehicle for telling stories. My favorite stories are the ones that evoke emotion, amaze and make me laugh, think, search and wonder. Good authors eloquently explore depth in their characters, they build mood with scenery and they create tension through dramatic relationships - good photographers do much of the same. The lens is a tunnel of love, and through it I see beauty, details and intricacies that I miss with my eyes alone. I enjoy the hunt for storylines, obscured details and the range of feelings that a well made photograph can bring to the surface. My hope is that my work inspires a motivation for the viewer to explore their unique voice and to engage more fully the possibilities in their life, before assuming their story has already been written.
EQUIPMENT / NEVER HDR
I use Nikon cameras and lenses because from my perspective they produce the highest quality images. I do not use HDR, all of the photos in my gallery are single click captures. HDR (or 'image stacking' as it is called) is an photographic editing technique that digitally combines multiple photographs, each of which are exposed differently. It's like a photo sandwich as opposed to a singular photograph. It's purely a personal thing but I choose not to use it.
I grew up on Long Island New York, less than 10 miles away from JFK airport. I first learned to take pictures in the 1980's using my father’s 35mm Canon FTb, and enjoyed taking photography classes at the 4-H camp I attended in Riverhead, NY as a boy.
A camera has been by my side since I can remember but I did not take the craft of photography seriously until I was in my 30's. After earning a Psychology degree with an English minor from the University of Dayton I moved to Northern California, which has been my base since 1995. I have spent the last 20+ years traveling the world, spending summers sailing in Southeast Alaska, winters chasing swell in Hawaii, Mexico and Peru and sleeping in tents as much as possible.
Surfline.com: Professional contributor, Local Pro. On December 16, 2014 my photo, "Honolua Bay's Finest" became the most viewed photo on Surfline.com, cresting 60,000 hits in just a few days.
Bay Area Travel Writers: Travel / Photo journalism organization based in San Francisco.
Lifeschool / Go Adventure: Co-Founder and Executive Director, non-profit organization serving over 4000 teens since 1999.