Jeanine Michna-Bales‘ work belies its initial simplicity and seeks to tell a narrative that explores the relationships between what has occurred or is occurring in our society and how people have chosen to react to those events. Her photographs are intended to be viewed in a series – each serving as a vital component in helping to tell the story. She meticulously researches each topic – considering various viewpoints, causes and effects, political climates, timelines and other relevant information – in order to build a solid framework from which to begin shooting.
She feels the greatest complement her work could receive is that it sparks a discussion on the given topic. Whether they are rarely seen stations on the underground railroad or long-forgotten government fallout shelters, she hopes her images evoke a sense of curiosity and a desire for a deeper understanding of the subject.
Before becoming a full-time artist, Jeanine worked as an award-winning advertising agency art director. She uses her design background extensively – from framing shots to designing the informative introductions that accompany her shows – to create visually engaging documentary photographic series that clearly communicate her ideas.
Jeanine Michna-Bales is currently based in Dallas, TX.