Jay Waters


Jay Waters is a native Alabamian currently in the middle of his third career, teaching full-time in the Advertising and PR Department at the University of Alabama.

Jay's artistic focus is on mobile phone photography of the images, scenes, and stories that naturally appear during one's day, whether at home or travelling. This reflects Jay's artistic influences, drawn from various fields: Edward Hopper, Randy Newman, Flannery O'Connor, Walker Evans, Ansel Adams, and Alfred Bierstadt. In particular, Jay was influenced by the black and white photographs from the Civil Rights Movement when he was growing up in the 1960s and photos from photographers such as Gordon Parks, Spider Martin, and Charles Moore.

Jay's approach to mobile photography is about serendipity – to be alert at the appearance of something interesting and try to do the best job of framing and capturing that interesting moment with his phone. Landscape-oriented black and white photos are his preferred format. Very minimal processing with Photoshop or other software is used. The idea is to try to let the moment be the image.

Jay's photos have appeared in many online and print journals, includingThe Lincoln Review,The Arkansas Review, The Wondrous Real, Straight Forward Poetry, The Broken CityandReunion, The Dallas Review.

Jay's work in Makarelle:

Makarelle Summer 22:

Visual Art:

Procession Celebration