Enigmas of Light
Jeff Zaruba is a fine art and commercial photographer known for his ability to reduce the visual clutter of our modern lives into a luminous photographic image full of mystery. Raised in Chicago with a natural interest in architecture, Zaruba studied photography at Arizona State University where he developed an affinity for the great landscapes of the West. An avid traveler, Zaruba finds spontaneous inspiration in the patina of foreign cultures and the interplay of architectural elements.
Zaruba’s photographic style is defined by an artful appreciation for the shape, space landscape, and composition of natural and manmade forms. From a career spanning more than three decades, his work has won top awards including the Spider Awards and First Place as the Photographer of the Year for 2005. He has been a featured artist in Black & White Magazine and Silvershotz. Strongly influenced by travel, Zaruba identifies himself as a citizen of the world, but calls Petaluma, CA home.
“I really like the idea of being able to frame off a little bit of reality…to make something simple out of what is normally chaos. I like to show there is real beauty in things that are very obvious or very commonplace. I want to show people that this beauty exists if they would just look a little more.”
– Jeff Zaruba
Stockholm Street Sculpture, Jeff Zaruba