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“I do not photograph what is in front of me. I photograph what is inside of me”


People ask - Why "Limbic System" Photoworks?  The Limbic System is an area of the brain that is involved with several functions. It is the primary locus of emotional life and is heavily involved in the formation of memories.


Jerry Cagle (1952 – Indiana, Pennsylvania), a cytotechnologist (B.S., CT, ASCP) in a former incarnation, suffering a late-life epiphany, found himself propelled along a dramatically different trajectory than that of his chosen profession. Landing abruptly in the netherworld of photography he has been consumed by the "dark art".


His work has been exhibited at several local galleries including the prestigious Art Institute at the world renowned Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, and his work Hollow Promisies was selected for the Editor's Choice award by the staff of High Country Magazine in their 2015 photo contest "Water in the West".  In April and again in October of 2015, his images Fairy Swords and The Tombstone were honored by Arizona Highways Magazine by being chosen as their "Photo of the Day".


Primarily self-taught he is an active member of the Tucson chapter of the ASMP (American Society of Media Photographers). Unhampered by a "formal" education in the photographic arts, he diligently studies his craft, drawing upon a wide array of resources in order to appropriately apply not only the technical but, more importantly, the visceral and ethereal facets of his vision. He judiciously employs such out-of-favor techniques as soft-focus and intentional camera movement. seeking to capture the essence of his subjects as he experiences them, as opposed to creating a mere record. He will, at times, fearlessly embrace abstraction, but he also generates more traditional work, often with an archaic, tactile feel. Rocks, whether incorporated into an Ancestral Pueblo people’s structure or as they have evolved “in-situ”, water, and trees figure conspicuously in much of his work. Entropy, transience, and imperfection, as expressed in the Japanese aesthetic of "wabi-sabi" are also common themes.


His work is influenced, directly or indirectly, by such diverse artists as Aaron Siskind, Michael Berman, Ansel Adams, Sebastiao Salgado, Keith Carter, Craig Childs, Edward S. Cutis, Gillian Welch, Norman BlakeKate Breakey, Donald Harrington, Tony Sweet, Steve Earle, Wallace Stegner, Sean Kernan,  and The Beatles.


Widely known as a singularly maladroit rock climber/outdoor adventure enthusiast, he draws heavily upon those experiences and unabashedly abuses his camera in service of his life’s goal to strengthen and foster people’s connection with the earth and its unique treasures in the hope that others will be inspired to take positive action thereby ensuring that future generations will not be denied the same opportunities for the life affirming experiences that an intimate congress with the earth yields.


Living and working in Tucson, Arizona, the Southwest is his studio. He can be routinely found in hot pursuit of monsoon storms, dust devils, and evocative light with his dangerously charming, painfully handsome, astoundingly articulate shepherd/kelpie cross companion, Booker.