November 25, 2020
NOD OF RECOGNITION
IN CONVERSATION WITH B JANE LEVINE
Photography by B Jane Levine
Interview by Melanie Meggs
B Jane Levine was raised in the suburbs of New Jersey, a short bus ride from New York City. She has a PhD in Biochemistry from Columbia University, but left the field of molecular biology research to raise her family. After leaving research, she took an interest in photography and began taking classes at the International Center of Photography and the School of Visual Arts. She further honed her skills through many photography trips all over the world. Her photography spans many genres including street photography, landscape photography and long exposure cityscapes.
Currently her focus is a series of candid portraits of strangers captured on the streets of New York City. The people in the photographs all possess a characteristic, gesture, or physical trait that she identifies as parts of her own story. The series "Nod of Recognition" is a composite of pieces of her life – a self-portrait.
"I take an image of a moment, which I observe with no other intent other than to memorialize the moment, which I recognize is real for the subject as well as myself."