"I have to have something between me and reality when I'm dealing with it most intensely."

- Ralph Ellison

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“A great deal of art making–process–is about subliminal desire. The hardest thing for aspiring creative people is to learn to trust that kind of feeling, that longing, that instinct, because they are surrounded by ‘who cares about that?’, ‘that’s been done before’ and ‘what is the point of that?’ An artist has to believe in his own sense and experience of wonder. Life is too precious to simply adopt other people’s concerns.”

- Richard Rothman

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“It seems to me more and more obvious that there is no reward in art worth seeking, other than doing the work. Even when the public thinks they are appreciating an artist, they almost always get it all wrong, and the artist must choose between being rude and pretending to be grateful for the misunderstanding. I do not mean to blame the public; why should they know what it is that you are, or I am, trying to do? Especially since neither of us is sure, the uncertainty being part of the fun, when there is any fun. When work is also fun that is a terrific blessing, but it does not happen regularly and it does not last long. Fun happens when you are carried along on the wave of an exterior force, foreign to intention. The work for the artist is the effort to rationalize the world in terms the artist comprehends, a need, the obligation, to make the world clearer in his or her own eyes, to demonstrate that what we see as the world in not merely a figment of our imagination but something resembling the truth.“

- John Szarkowski

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"The world in which man lives is for him not only a material but also a spiritual world; that forces act in it which are unknown and perhaps unknowable; that there are phenomena in it which man interprets as magical; that there are relations and correspondences between things and beings in which material connections are of little consequence. This whole area is mysterious. Mystery (but not in the Catholic sense) is an element of man’s life. Jung has shown that it is catastrophic to make superficially clear what is hidden in man’s innermost depths. Man must make allowance for a background, a great deep above which lie his reason and his clear consciousness. The mystery of man perhaps creates the mystery of the world he inhabits. Or perhaps this mystery is a reality in itself. There is no way to decide between these two alternatives. But, one way or the other, mystery is a necessity of human life."

— Jacques Ellul

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"For me photography is a way of being. It's not a career trajectory. It is a way of life. It's the way that I articulate myself in the world."

- Hannah Starkey

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You can buy prints from my Society6 page.

 

Writing

Chicken Castle - October, 2020

Letter from America - December, 2016

On Writing About Photography - March, 2015

On Photographing Baltimore - April, 2019

Reflections on Big Headed Presidents - February, 2016

The Secret of Color Nighttime Photography

 

Podcasts:

The Candid Frame

The Contact Sheet

 

Interviews, features and other stuff:

 

Actual Colors May Vary

Aesthetica

American Elegy

Amerikana Magazine

Baker Artist Awards Portfolio

Baltimore Magazine

Baltimore Sun (2014)

Baltimore Sun (2015)

BBC (2015)

CFYE

City Paper

CNN

Colossal

Defgrip

from American with Love / Interview with Niko Kallianiotis

feature shoot

GOOD Pictures

Huffington Post

I Still Shoot Film

Japan Camera Hunter - Jesse's Visual Interviews

kwerfeldein (in German) click here to read the essay in English

Kissing Eyes

LensCulture

Lens People

Lifo magazine (in Greek, 2014) click here to read the interview in English

Lifo magazine (in Greek, 2015) click here to read the interview in English

Lifo magazine (in Greek, 2016) click here to read the essay in English

lomography magazine

La Maison Wertn

Musée Magazine

Pellicola Magazine

Photogrvphy

Positive Magazine

Sarmad

Shooting Film

Shutters in the Night

They Shoot Film, Don't They?

Uncultured Kid

urbanphotomag

Vantage

Washington Post

 

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your night-fotos are great, I look them with pleasure, bg

February 20, 2020

Simply put Patrick's photography is a true sight to behold. His night photos evoke a profound sense of emotional pleasure, calm and wonder. Patrick is one of the best photographers of the present day.

October 16, 2017
The16bits says:

I've recently discovered Patrick's photostream and i must say i'm transfixed by the beauty of his photographs and the way he sees the world and tell stories. His photographs tought me how to look at NYC this summer, differently than I've been looking at it since 2010. He transforms ordinary into extraordinary. He shows… Read more

I've recently discovered Patrick's photostream and i must say i'm transfixed by the beauty of his photographs and the way he sees the world and tell stories. His photographs tought me how to look at NYC this summer, differently than I've been looking at it since 2010. He transforms ordinary into extraordinary. He shows things that are there but are unseen by many.

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September 28, 2017

His work gives me a sense of Baltimore, and of the USA. Inspires me to try to capture the essence of my own home town

August 11, 2017

The day I discovered Patrick's work was how to find inspiration, those corners so special that only he can portray through the camera to transport us to that solitude and tranquility of that space in particular. There is a before and after Patrick, he is the one, and the rest we are all, his disciples. The work of Patr… Read more

The day I discovered Patrick's work was how to find inspiration, those corners so special that only he can portray through the camera to transport us to that solitude and tranquility of that space in particular. There is a before and after Patrick, he is the one, and the rest we are all, his disciples. The work of Patrick is one of the most important works ever created, behind all his photos there is a magic and special corner, only he knows how to do it with enough pleasure to recreate it as if it were a movie, always with those classic cars and That fog that gives such a soft touch to the image, and those colors of the film of reel. He is a teacher, he makes art, he is an inventor and he has inspired many, every photo of him makes me enjoy. Thanks Patrick, there will never be enough words to thank you for your work.

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June 28, 2017

Patrick Joust is a one of a kind photographer and artist. It is always an inspiring pleasure to see his work.

November 29, 2013
Hollow Wire (deleted)

I did a "who inspires me power point" in my digital media class about Patrick Joust. He truly has an eye for capturing beautiful images.

January 4, 2013

Patrick Joust is one of the best photographers on Flickr I've known. His medium format photographs are very interested with me. So amazing!

September 2, 2012

I do believe that in 30 years from now Patrick Joust would be viewed as one of America's best documentarists of the start of this century. His work is routed in tradition but most importantly his street portraits reveal a sympathetic eye. There is no sensationalism here, just an honest exploration of landscape inhabite… Read more

I do believe that in 30 years from now Patrick Joust would be viewed as one of America's best documentarists of the start of this century. His work is routed in tradition but most importantly his street portraits reveal a sympathetic eye. There is no sensationalism here, just an honest exploration of landscape inhabited by human spirit. We are priviledged to see his photographic poems. A must see photostream on Flickr.

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April 7, 2012

I'm elated to have discovered Patrick Joust's photographs, at long last, here's a man with a camera who can wonderfully capture the every essence of Baltimore city. I've been hunting for good collections of Baltimore photos to show friends who live far away and who have never been to Baltimore, or who only know it thro… Read more

I'm elated to have discovered Patrick Joust's photographs, at long last, here's a man with a camera who can wonderfully capture the every essence of Baltimore city. I've been hunting for good collections of Baltimore photos to show friends who live far away and who have never been to Baltimore, or who only know it through television, and I must confess, I compose so few comments and testimonials on Flickr, it takes something special to pull me out of my shell, however, Patrick has inspired me not only to write this testimonial, but to pull those film cameras from my dresser drawer and start shooting around Baltimore.

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November 12, 2011

I've watched Patrick's photostream for years and I'm continually amazed at the rage and depth of the images he makes of Baltimore. Much of his work reminds one of "The Wire", though I would argue these images piece together a broader, richer picture of life in that city. And of course, I'm rather jealous of his abil… Read more

I've watched Patrick's photostream for years and I'm continually amazed at the rage and depth of the images he makes of Baltimore. Much of his work reminds one of "The Wire", though I would argue these images piece together a broader, richer picture of life in that city. And of course, I'm rather jealous of his ability to make magical, haunted images at night. He inspires me to do better work.

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June 11, 2011

I get inspired and angry looking at this gallery. Its almost annoying how talented this guy is.

March 12, 2011
Daniel says:

You are amazing amazing amazing! and your night photo is one of the best in Flickr! Daniel Ideris

January 20, 2011

With the expansion of social media sites like Facebook, Flickr doesn't have quite the same caché for me that it once did. I still post, but I don't really participate a quarter as often as I once did. Patrick Joust is one of the reasons Flickr continues to inspire me even given the changes in the broader landscape.

December 21, 2010

Patrick is the man!

November 13, 2010

Congratulations to Patrick Joust, our artist of the week. Patrick Joust has long been known to the Flickr community as an advocate of vintage equipment and the quality and framing of much of his work could only be accomplished with such a collection. From fine-grain presentations of barren and abandoned urban lan… Read more

Congratulations to Patrick Joust, our artist of the week. Patrick Joust has long been known to the Flickr community as an advocate of vintage equipment and the quality and framing of much of his work could only be accomplished with such a collection. From fine-grain presentations of barren and abandoned urban landscapes and street photography to his studies in post-industrial decay, the camera, the film, and the darkroom chemistry have always been at the forefront, revealing their own constant flaws and struggles to retain the image. For a long time I looked at his adumbrations of his culture as avoiding figuration and the absence of people was painfully present in every frame. His work, however, has gradually become more figurative and his current work confronts the human elements of Baltimore head on. Thus his work now reveals the interaction of human beings, their ethos and their bodies, and the decaying infrastructure of their recent American ancestors. Congratulations on being Adumbrations of the Sublunary Ethos Artist of the Week!

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September 26, 2010

I get a very warm feeling from Patrick's work. I find that regardless of the subject matter, his photos never fail to evoke a personal and humanistic emotion. His work in Baltimore is phenomenal and shows his well rounded skills in approach and composition. It's a photo documentary of great proportion, quality and s… Read more

I get a very warm feeling from Patrick's work. I find that regardless of the subject matter, his photos never fail to evoke a personal and humanistic emotion. His work in Baltimore is phenomenal and shows his well rounded skills in approach and composition. It's a photo documentary of great proportion, quality and significance. To me, I find endless inspiration and have learned through Patrick that anything is worthy of a photograph. From the mundane, to the eccentric, downtrodden or uplifting, there's always a subject for consideration. Not only can he shoot, but he's an approachable, helpful and friendly guy (though we've never met in the flesh!), and that counts for a good bit, too. Still, even if he were a jerk, the photos rock. A fantastic body of work, an absolute must to check out.

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September 26, 2010

Patrick has been one of my favorite photographers on Flickr since before I became a member myself. He is that rare combination of technical expertise and raw talent. Though his subject matter is diverse, he always composes with great sensitivity for and understanding of his subjects. Patrick is a photographer’s photogr… Read more

Patrick has been one of my favorite photographers on Flickr since before I became a member myself. He is that rare combination of technical expertise and raw talent. Though his subject matter is diverse, he always composes with great sensitivity for and understanding of his subjects. Patrick is a photographer’s photographer. The kind of photographer that makes the rest of us pale in comparison, while making us better.

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July 22, 2010

Once you have been enjoying Patrick Joust's work for just a short time, you come to realize that he produces 'signature' images again and again. Patrick has such a great eye for seeing a story in simple and sometimes quite mundane subjects. And his stories are thrillers, full of detail and unexpected twists and turns… Read more

Once you have been enjoying Patrick Joust's work for just a short time, you come to realize that he produces 'signature' images again and again. Patrick has such a great eye for seeing a story in simple and sometimes quite mundane subjects. And his stories are thrillers, full of detail and unexpected twists and turns. I especially enjoy how Patrick uses his cameras - many of which are of the 'organic' (film) variety. He seems to really excel with 6x6 twin lens reflexes, many square images from which are made at or near ground level using very selective focus. But whatever the tools or subjects, Patrick's innate ability and visionary skill produces wonderful images. It is a pleasure to view his work. In the years to come, I will be able to say "I knew Patrick Joust before he published his first book, and had work selected for museums."

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June 5, 2010
Sam Char says:

Patrick Joust is an incredible photographer, and one of my true favorites. I was attracted to his work going a few years back. What I saw and still see in Patrick is a true photographer. Patrick's work is genuine and real. He gets out there on the streets, day in and day out, and gets these incredibly raw and power… Read more

Patrick Joust is an incredible photographer, and one of my true favorites. I was attracted to his work going a few years back. What I saw and still see in Patrick is a true photographer. Patrick's work is genuine and real. He gets out there on the streets, day in and day out, and gets these incredibly raw and powerful images. I started out as a street photographer myself so I have a deep fondness for what Patrick does. In addition to those great images, Patrick's use of vintage old cameras, film, and developing techniques is something to marvel! :-) I am in awe of the work he produces, and Patrick's work serves as an inspiration to me. Thanks Patrick, keep it up!!! :-)

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June 5, 2010

An incredibly talented photographer who rarely fails at transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary. One of my favorite streams to follow on flickr.

May 12, 2010

This gentleman definitely has a powerful point of view - he's not just capturing moments as they happen, but when I take a look at his stream, it's like I'm looking through his eyes and I'm pleased with everything that I see. He creates such a nice, solid order out of a big world of chaos (look at his street photograph… Read more

This gentleman definitely has a powerful point of view - he's not just capturing moments as they happen, but when I take a look at his stream, it's like I'm looking through his eyes and I'm pleased with everything that I see. He creates such a nice, solid order out of a big world of chaos (look at his street photography!!) and I absolutely cite him as an inspiration.

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February 9, 2010

Patrick's photography is one of the highlights of Flickr. I'm always amazed at how he gets such atmosphere and mood from his street photography. I only know his home city of Baltimore as a fan of the TV show The Wire, but through Patrick's beautiful photography, I'm given a new perspective. His natural style really bri… Read more

Patrick's photography is one of the highlights of Flickr. I'm always amazed at how he gets such atmosphere and mood from his street photography. I only know his home city of Baltimore as a fan of the TV show The Wire, but through Patrick's beautiful photography, I'm given a new perspective. His natural style really brings the street corners and avenues alive. Patrick's use of old film cameras is really inspiring - being a fellow film user I'm often drawn to his fine results with old gear. But whether you're a digital user or a film nut, there's many compelling reasons to come back to his photostream.

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December 28, 2009
janainz says:

Whenever I get into a situation when I am photographing and feel that my pics are getting boring…I stop and think to myself “WWPJD” – "What Would Patrick Joust Do?" Patrick has the unique ability of making ordinary, mundane, everyday scenes unique and refreshing. And the fact he’s shooting in film, makes him even more … Read more

Whenever I get into a situation when I am photographing and feel that my pics are getting boring…I stop and think to myself “WWPJD” – "What Would Patrick Joust Do?" Patrick has the unique ability of making ordinary, mundane, everyday scenes unique and refreshing. And the fact he’s shooting in film, makes him even more special!

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December 4, 2009
Fantastic Fly (deleted)

He is an inspiration.

November 28, 2009

Patrick, in my "not so humble" opinion is THE premier photo-documentarian of modern Baltimore city life. His un-erring eye captures the essence of the real Baltimore. The other great one, A. Aubrey Bodine was a pictorialist at heart and failed to truly capture what Patrick seems to so easily bring to us, namely the gri… Read more

Patrick, in my "not so humble" opinion is THE premier photo-documentarian of modern Baltimore city life. His un-erring eye captures the essence of the real Baltimore. The other great one, A. Aubrey Bodine was a pictorialist at heart and failed to truly capture what Patrick seems to so easily bring to us, namely the gritty, down to earth tone of the city. The great photograph should look as if it was easily taken, never contrived or "strained". Like the home run swing of a Mickey Mantle, graceful, natural and without undue effort, Patrick just knocks them out of the park. If there is another photographer that does it better, I have yet to see his work. Patricks work is a treasure, and should have a special place in some Baltimore "Hall of Fame". I have been looking at photographs, and taking photographs for more than 45 years and I believe that Patricks work ranks with the best that I have seen. We are lucky to have him here, so that his great talent is brought to bear on the City of Baltimore.

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August 19, 2009

One of my favorite flickr photographers A great inspiration Every shot is a keeper :)

June 30, 2009

More than a photgrapher, Patrick is an artist! Creating amazing portraits of the everyday world most never notice. He gives each subject his/her/its just due. And these portraits open the eyes of once-blind viewers! His photos pack a wallop! Be prepared to "see" with new eyes and enjoy a beauty that is anything but ev… Read more

More than a photgrapher, Patrick is an artist! Creating amazing portraits of the everyday world most never notice. He gives each subject his/her/its just due. And these portraits open the eyes of once-blind viewers! His photos pack a wallop! Be prepared to "see" with new eyes and enjoy a beauty that is anything but everyday!

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April 1, 2009

Patrick has been shooting his hometown through the filter of its gritty past with hints of now. Most of his shots look like an homage of what could have been an elusive childhood memory. His images have socially aware contexts and make us think about urban life in a backwards/forwards way that is provacative without an… Read more

Patrick has been shooting his hometown through the filter of its gritty past with hints of now. Most of his shots look like an homage of what could have been an elusive childhood memory. His images have socially aware contexts and make us think about urban life in a backwards/forwards way that is provacative without any hints of senitmentality.

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February 11, 2009
roasted baseball (deleted)

Wow, this is an amazing body of work. Very inspiring! You seem to take small slices of mundane life and create small, marvelous worlds that I can't help but want to dive right into. You are my new favorite photographer.

December 8, 2008

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