Statement & Bio

Jake Eshelman (b. 1989, USA) is a photographer exploring the complex relationships between humans and other-than-human beings. He believes that our curious dissociation with the natural and spiritual worlds provides a palpable backdrop in which we can more fully (re)consider humanity’s role in ecology. Through a documentary and intuitive photographic practice, his recent work investigates inter-being relationships across industry, agriculture, and conservation, while questioning the tenets of anthropocentrism, the Enlightenment rationalization of “nature,” and the capitalist growth model.

Eshelman’s work has been exhibited throughout the United States and has been included in independently published photo books, collaborative artist books, and even a children’s book series published by Simon & Schuster encouraging aspiring creatives to pursue artistic careers. He has been featured in publications including Trouvé Magazine, Texas Monthly, VSCO interviews, Lenscratch, and Then There Was Us, and also speaks publicly about the creative process.

Jake holds a BA from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX in Classical Literature, with a concentration in hermeneutics and reception theory, as well a minor in Studio Art and Art History.

He is currently based in Houston, TX.

Assignments & commissions

Complementing his long-term and self-directed projects, he is also available internationally for relevant assignments and commissions. For ideas and inquiries, please get in touch.


He has always longed to live where nymphs inhabit the trees and people didn’t dare venture into the dark parts of the forest. Things there are real in ways we cannot imagine, only experience. So for now, he makes do—and is his best when he can feel the dew on his feet and see the stars at night.