If you want something to look interesting, don’t light all of it.

--Joe McNally

The beauty of a landscape resides in its melancholy.

--Ahmet Rasim

If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.

--Edward Hopper

I prefer low-light and night photography, especially scenes with dramatic light, shadow, select focus and solitary figures (usually silhouetted). I also like imposing architecture, negative space and rain.

I have no interest in creating technically "perfect" photographs. My goal is to elicit an emotional response from the viewer by creating an atmosphere, a mood.

I shoot digital and film with Nikon, Hasselblad, Fuji and Zeiss cameras using mostly manual focus lenses. What little post-processing I do is done in Adobe Photoshop Elements 14 and the NIK Collection.


All my photographs are copyrighted and are not to be used for any commercial or nonprofit purpose without my written consent. This includes internet blogs, internet pages, and any other forms of digital or analog reproduction. If you have any questions, please contact me.

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    Derek Toye says:

    "Definitely one of my favorite street photographers on here. Every one of his shots is full of mood and atmosphere and leaves me jealous each time. I highly recommend checking out Don's work."

    April 28th, 2014

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    Yves Lorson says:

    "I've been following Don's work for two years now....and what a wonderful poetic atmosphere he's able to create...Vicenza, or Venice, those are the cities he dwells in, in the evening, at night, that is where he finds his favorite subjects for his fantastic pictures....late night dwellers in superbly lit romantic and historic places....settings of rare beauty for his dreamy pictures....Don's pictures are for sure of timeless beauty, and always so skilfully composed....rain, lonely people in deserted streets, umbrellas, and always the historic background....with the lighting magic is made of....and I often wonder "how did he capture the light in such an astounding way" !

    Don is one of the rare contacts I keep returning to.....I feel like knowing the places he shows us, although I've never been there....but I sure will !"

    March 31st, 2010

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    dolcedgiorno says:

    "His night shots and his characters walking in rainy streets are unmistakable.
    An incredible use of light and DoF, and emotionally rich pictures; Don's photostream is one of the best on flickr."

    March 7th, 2010

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    fouramjava says:

    "Don has mastered B&W photography with style and flair. The images tell a story. He has achieved excellence! When you go through the photos, stop and reflect. You will see more than you have imagined.

    My sincerest compliments to you, Don. It's a pleasure to take the journey with you deep into the night. I wish you a wonderful adventure throughout the evening hours. And may the umbrella always be in the right place at the right time. :-)))

    Laurie ♥"

    November 8th, 2009

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    gab 79 says:

    "Don is the maestro of low light shooting!
    He has a great talent in emphasizing the beauty of the scenes he choose, the incredible mood and the perfect composition make his works always recognizable and a pure pleasure to the eyes."

    August 15th, 2009

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    *gumby says:

    "It is hard to write a testimonial for a photographer like Don because the words fall flat compared the scope and beauty of his work. This is a phenomenal portfolio shot in a ridiculously photogenic part of the world by a man who does it justice.
    Every photograph is astounding."

    July 8th, 2009

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    ! . Angela Lobefaro . ! says:

    "A long overdue testimonial for one of my favourite photographers and friend.
    Don is an exceptional photographer, he produces magical night images. Each image is awe-inspiring and superb in beauty and quality.

    Max and I are always amazed by the level of his mastery and motivated to improve our own images. He’s truly a gem of photographer.

    Don’s photo stream is one of those we look forward to checking first when we log onto flickr.

    We had the privilege to meet Don in Venice, where we had a great night photo walk.

    Don is the real Master of nights shots on flickr!
    If we had a bigger English vocabulary we would lavish more praise, because we simply couldn’t praise Don’s skills enough.

    Furthermore, my interview with Don is the most viewed in our blog.:

    Thanks for sharing your art with us Don, ciao from your friends Angela and Max (Hokhiko did like you too!)"

    July 19th, 2008

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    myjuditz ( on Hubble ) says:

    "Don is an American in Venice...
    He had a great stream with fantastic night shots in Venice, but for some personal reasons - he gave up Flickr for a while.
    I am grateful he has again an account and brought back the fascinating street scenes , mysterious shadows, subtle lights and secret night life of an ancient, incredible city!

    An excellent photographer, with a keen eye for detail , light and atmosphere, Don is also a discreet , kind and generous friend on Flickr.
    I am proud and happy to be amongst his friends- welcome back and stay, Don :)"

    May 31st, 2008

Donald G. Jean
February 2008
Hill County, Texas
Provincia di Padova, Italy
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