As a lifelong resident of Sussex County, New Jersey, I was born in the Walpack Valley where my family farmed while living in the historic Van Campen Inn. I grew up on a farm in the Bevans (Peters Valley) section of Sandyston Township. My "backyard" included the ridges and valleys of one of the last centuries old small farmland communities in New Jersey. I consider my generation to be the last to have known the culture that existed prior to it being disbanded by the Army Corps of Engineers during the land acquisition for the Tocks Island Dam project in the l960’s and early 1970’s.
As an avid outdoorsman, sportsman and conservationist, I have a wealth of knowledge of the outdoor environment, as well as a unique historical perspective of the Sandyston and Walpack areas. I am particularly versed in the local folklore and enjoy sharing the stories as well as my own experiences while growing up amongst the "old timers" which also happens to have been our "Greatest Generation". I enjoy spending much of my time exploring and photographing the natural beauty of the area.
After many years of amateur photography, a life altering event brought about my interest in the art of photography. While spending countless hours in the outdoors sorting through life's perplexities I decided to begin studying photography with an emphasis on outdoor, wildlife and landscapes. I have a particular interest in low-light photography utilizing soft focus and color saturation which adds a sense of timelessness and being. I'm a graduate of the New York Institute of Photography and having semi-retired and am proceeding with my plans of offering professional photography and photographic services.
While I do have many award winning photographs, I have also had photographs appear in newspapers such as the N.J. Herald, the Star Ledger and the N.Y. Daily News as well as architectural & sporting magazines, calendars and web-site advertising.
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Forever on our Minds,
forever in our Memories,
forever in our Hearts,
Jamie Lee Utter
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