Trinidad State visitors will see a world of vibrant landscapes when they visit the President’s Office Art Show over the next six months. Jim Blecha has been a freelance photographer for the last 27 years, mostly shooting scenes in the United States and Canada. Six years ago when it was time to move out of the big city (Aurora) he came to Trinidad with his wife.
Most of his photos are landscapes, showing sunrises and sunsets framed by wide-open spaces. A few show the monumental scope of oil and gas drilling operations.
While at Regis College in the 1970s, he got a chance to study for a year in Vienna, Austria. Expecting to see some fabulous sights, he bought a good camera and a love of photography was born. After graduating with a degree in psychology, he instead pursued photography.
In those early years, he sold a lot of landscapes to banks and interior designers and eventually went to work for a company that produced publications for the oil and gas industry. He now shoots photos of oil and gas rigs across the United States and sometimes Canada. His photos find their way into annual reports, websites and offices.
Jim is a member of the Trinidad State Advisory Council and is currently Treasurer at the local Rotary Club.
A reception will open the show on March 1 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in Room 218 of the Berg Building. Light refreshments will be served. The photos will be on display for six months during normal office hours (8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday).