about james

photo by Cameron Browne

“In my photography I want to capture the excitement of the places locals love, and warmth of the people that make a life full.  Taking cues from my two toddling daughters, I play with perspective to remind viewers of the things they know, yet reveal the aspects that they never considered.  Sometimes I want to reintroduce an audience to the places they know well; other times I try to show the joys of family or the revelry of sharing a good beer you’ve never heard of with friends.  I want someone to be drawn to my photos by recognition, but held to my photos with curiosity.  It is also gratifying, though, to introduce someone to an image for the first time— whether that is of a building, a street, a person, a shape—whatever.”  -James E. Bell of Youngbell Photography

James sells prints on Etsy, but also is available for commissioned work including personal, architectural and corporate photography.

Previous clients/showings/notables:

Three Youngbell prints were used by Eastlake Studio in the remodel of Pandora Internet Radio's Chicago offices; the prints were blown up to eight feet tall and are featured in Pandora's conference rooms (below). 

In 2012-2013, photo-essays by James were featured in The Tribe, a print and online newspaper in St Andrews, Scotland: "Stranger Anxiety" spoke about the irony of relocating for a photographer; "Balgove Larder" shows a lush and local market. Read the articles here and here.

Both  Nothin' Less Cafe and Looseleaf Lounge in Chicago have featured Youngbell prints.

CBS Chicago featured two Youngbell photos in a showcase on Chicago architecture. Check out the entire collection here

Youngbell also has several prints featured at Lake View Art Supply, Chicago; Edgewater Workbench, Chicago; and Fred's Emporium, St Andrews.

And Romeoville Dental Center commisioned James to shoot group and headshots for their upcoming website revamp.

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