I was born in Oakland, CA with a birth defect called spina bifida.

I was a natural writer, and wrote for many years. I was editor-in-chief (and later, copy editor) of my college newspaper. After a medical emergency nearly resulting in my death, I needed to start taking high doses of anti-seizure medication from 2004-09. This resulted in my confidence in my writing drying up. I still, however, needed a creative outlet. I picked up the camera, which I had only toyed with up to that point.

When I started taking photography more seriously, it didnít take long before I began to realize that my wheelchair gave me somewhat of an advantage: being closer to the ground than many other photographers gives me a different perspective; I am closer to my subject than many artists allow themselves to get, so I have more of an opportunity to notice the intimate details of my subjects.

In 2013, I met animal scientist Dr. Temple Grandin, the worldís most famous person with autism. Although Iím not on the autistic spectrum, she asked to see my work. She enthusiastically encouraged me to pursue photography. One of my pieces, Templeís Lily, is named in her honor.

My eye is primarily drawn to three things: line, texture (the two are self-explanatory) and value (in other words, how light affects the subject); My work explores all three. It is my hope that the viewer comes away with a heightened awareness of the little things in life.

Thanks to a medical implant, Iím now able to be on one third of the medication I was on, and live a seizure free life.

To see more images of my work, please visit my website at iansamazingphotos.com.

Ian D. Jones

Rolling Confetti

Cotton Candy

Intrigue III