Jessica Somers is a photographer specializing in historic photographic techniques and self-portraiture.
Her interest in photography began at a young age by her grandfather's side as he took hundreds of photographs and with the invitation into her parents' late night printing sessions that were held in the bathroom which was transformed into a darkroom after sunset. At the age of seven she received a Kodak disc camera and has been making photographs ever since.
Jessica grew up in Wallingford, CT. She earned a B.F.A. in studio art and a minor in English from Albertus Magnus College in 1998 and an M.F.A. in Photography from The Hartford Art School in 2002. Her work has been exhibited nationally, has been published in Shots Magazine, F-Stop Magazine and the second edition of The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes, by Christopher James. Jessica's photographs can be viewed and purchased through the John Cleary Gallery in Houston, TX and Galerie BMG in Woodstock, NY. She currently teaches photography at various schools and venues throughout CT.
"The photographer Paul Caponigro said that photography is being able to "hear through the eyes." This relates strongly to what I strive for in my images, to connect with people and have a conversation through the eyes."