Hi I’m Jim Lind, a creative photo retoucher based out of the vibrant New York City. I'm also the creative director for HOWL, a traveling photo collective. This website serves as a home to my personal and commercial portfolios.
It's quite easy to latch onto your childhood to help describe the person you've become, and for me it's no different. I grew up in the most entrepreneurial homestead ever. My dad founded two churches, my mom started a life coaching business, my eldest brother launched a web design site and a clothing line, while my middle brother formed a movie production company. So naturally I was taught at a young age to “do what you love and love what you do.” With these words of wisdom I gravitated towards drawing as I was fascinated with what could be created by hand. That fascination never left, as some of my fondest memories involve sketching in my bedroom into the wee hours of the night.
Ultimately, I was drawn into photography through my dad, who would carry around an old 35mm Nikon documenting our family antics with his keen eye and quick trigger finger. As digital photography started to take off in the early 2000's we bought him a whopping two megapixel digital camera for Christmas. Fortunately for me it spent most of its time unused, so I quickly snatched it up and have been enamored with all aspects of image making ever since. This new digital world allowed me to better represent my ideas that I couldn’t quite relate onto paper or find in reality.
Even to this day, I hold strongly to the belief that each person is made up of the stories they tell. For that specific reason, I feel compelled to share my stories with anyone and everyone whenever possible. Whether they are real, somewhat real, or entirely made up, the images explore the realities and fantasies that govern my life. I find they often evoke narratives that are deeply rooted in my most visceral experiences. Other times, they are simply created to visually express my thoughts, much in the same way an author does with a book. While a picture may be worth a thousand words, a great picture escapes words and enters into the imagination.