Jesse Burke’s Intertidal photographs evoke a deep lushness with images of velvet black darkness, blankets of pine needles, blood, love, and sadness. He photographs the natural world around him as well as the men who are a part of his life, whether family members or friends, to explore the vulnerability of masculinity. He is drawn to moments where a rupture or wound is physically, emotionally, or metaphorically inflicted. He employs concepts such as male bonding and peer influence, masculine rites and rituals, and man’s connectedness to nature in order to expose these instances.
His series Wild & Precious brings together images from a series of road trips traveled with his daughter Clover to explore the natural world. To encourage a connection between his child and nature, Burke uses these adventures to give Clover an education that he considers essential—one that develops appreciation, respect, conservation, and self-confidence.
Burke is an instructor at Rhode Island School of Design where he received his MFA in Photography. His work has been exhibited in New York City, Tokyo, Milan, Stockholm, Madrid, Miami, Los Angeles, Seattle, Tucson, Providence, Ottawa, Boston, and was selected as a finalist for Critical Mass 2009 and 2010.