Jim Sienkiewicz's Blog

Jim Sienkiewicz's thoughts on his own and others' photography

2018 “Camp Fire”, Smoke on the Sonoma Coast

My heart and thoughts go out to all of the people affected by the devastating wildfire raging outside of Paradise, CA as well as the other fires in progress throughout the state.  Thank you to the dedicated wildland firefighters and other personnel working to halt the blazes’ progress and aid those in need.  I have posted some pictures from Duncans Mills (222 driving miles from Paradise) and Duncans Cove on the coast (248 driving miles from Paradise) as evidence of the heavy smoke that has been blanketing our area since Thursday.  All of the images were created on November 8  & 9.  The color and haze are not edited, but appear as the camera saw them.  The image from November 8 was captured at 1:21 PM and the pictures and video from November 9 were taken between 9:36 and 9:54 AM.

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2018 “Camp Fire” Smoke over the Sonoma Coast


“Auto-Didactic” at the Peterson Automotive Museum

“City of Industry”

Academy of Art commercial

My former MFA photography student Santosh Korthiwada was recently featured in a commercial for the school.  Footage from my Fall 2017 Concept & Critical Processes class is included in the video and I can be seen beginning around 1:55 into the clip.  Congrats Santosh!

Academy of Art commercial featuring Jim Sienkiewicz

ACASA 17th Triennial on African Art, University of Legon, Accra, Ghana

Hi everyone,

I got back from Ghana last week and my first experience in Africa was amazing.  Everyone at the conference and all of the locals were extremely friendly and my paper was received well at the symposium.  Here are some pictures from this wonderful trip!

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Photo by Paul Weinberg

“NonBinary Review” #13

“Religion & Conflict” conference at Florida State University

I recently traveled to Tallahassee to deliver a paper for a graduate conference on “Religion & Conflict”.  Here is a link to my discussion of the event as posted on the Center for Art and Religion at the Graduate Theological Union’s blog.

CARE blog/”Religion & Conflict”

“Thoughtful Dog” magazine, Derrick Jensen

“Thoughtful Dog”-Jim Sienkiewicz, Derrick Jensen

Some of my photography was just featured in an online literary magazine. Check it out if you have the chance.


Brown Bag Lecture at the Doug Adams Gallery

I will be delivering an informal lecture on Friday, November 4, 2016 at the Doug Adams Gallery on the campus of the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley.  The lecture begins at noon and will be focused on aesthetic iconography and its relationship to death in contemporary artworks, and in particular the exhibition by Anne Tait that I reviewed last year.  Hope you can make it.



“The Papyrus in the Crocodile: 150 Years of Exploration, Excavation, Collection & Stewardship at Berkeley”

The year-long course I have been a student in at UC Berkeley is having its curated exhibition open next Thursday, May 5. Subject areas ranging from Ancient Egypt to Asia to the Americas and the Western Natural landscape are featured in our exhibition that will be on display until July 29 at the Bancroft Gallery on the UC campus.

Here is a link to some information about it on UC Berkeley’s website.