Joshua Jensen-Nagle is a contemporary photographer, recognized as a prominent Canadian artist after completing his studies at Ryerson University, School of Image Arts in 2005 and establishing his career in Toronto. Best known for his dreamy large-scale images, Jensen-Nagle’s immersive and often experimental photographs invite viewers to lose themselves within the works, with the intention to capture a feeling and evoke emotion, rather than to simply document a reality.
Of his photography, Joshua Jensen-Nagle states:
“My work explores the use of photography as a medium to create rather than to document a reality, allowing the viewer to bring their own associations to the images. In my early work, I experimented with expired SX-70 Polaroid film, photographic prints painted, placed in glass jars, dunked in fish-tanks of coloured water and re-photographed, sometimes behind a shower of glitter or a room filled with smoke. As of more recent years, I shoot with the latest digital technology, focusing on the materials selected for printing, mounting and framing to achieve the same dream-like quality I have become known for. The work has naturally progressed to showcase a more modern perspective, while maintaining a unique nostalgic essence.”
Having mounted over fifty exhibitions, Jensen-Nagle has developed a strong standing in the art world, and is collected widely throughout North America and Europe, including Cirque de Soleil, Ryerson University, First Energy Petroleum Ltd, MasterCard International and Target Corporation Canada. Jensen-Nagle participated in Glenbow Museum’s exhibition “Through the Looking Glass” in 2008. His work has been featured in Photolife, National Post, Galleries West, and Canadian House and Home, Canadian Art and Art in America.