The Art of Seeing Reality
Photojournalist Jerry Gay has driven 500,000 miles of America¹s back roads and highways over 40 years to continue his ongoing research of everyday life. With humor and acute philosophical perceptions, this highly animated motivational speaker brings his visual insights to every audience he touches. Jerry¹s pictures and philosophy convey a positive and persuasive analysis to help us find hope and see solutions to the unique challenges we face in this ambiguous universe. Jerry¹s wisdom, his reverence for the earth, common people and sacredness of all life is revealed in his presentations.
Topics concerning The Art of Seeing Reality with the pictures in our minds:
A. Corporate, political, educational and spiritual responsibilities and possibilities for each of us to participate in significant changes within our transformational world.
B. Highly effective visual methods to take charge of our daily lives and see our way out of self-created situations, taking one step / seeing one new picture at a time.
C. A visual analysis with a journalist¹s perspective to current global news events and the over looked significance for positive change both individually and collectively... during these times of societal uncertainty.
Jerry Gay¹s achievements and recognitions span the length of his multi-media career. At age 28, Jerry was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for news photography and the following year he served as the president of The National Press Photographers Association. Jerry Gay, a graduate and former instructor at the internationally acclaimed Brooks Institute of Photography has shared his photographic talents with newspapers nationwide including: New York Newsday, Seattle Times, St. Paul Pioneer Press, Los Angeles Times, Maui News and Everett Herald.
Currently, Jerry Gay a writer, philosopher and image maker is an unquestionably highly focused teacher and speaker to corporate, educational, spiritual and multi-media groups.
THE SECOND COMING
Our everyday reality is created by our vision of our self and
others, our own past choices, current situations and future opportunities.
The undeniable power of The Second Coming intuitively unlocks
frozen images and replaces lost scenes in the repetitive daily
movies in our mind. When we observe our daily life with sacred
purpose The Second Coining begins for us and we achieve profound
personal peace and professional excellence.
Education and values: "No longer can schools
separate themselves from giving daily instruction in reverence,
respect and responsibility while also explaining our relationship
to everything and everyone we meet on our journey through life."
Economy and wealth: "A misguided national
philosophy of rampant materialism and flawed stock market ethics
have collided on the American consumer's highway of dreams."
Religion and faith: "After thousands of
years preaching and marketing each denomination's particular
advantages, mainstream theologies have left God standing by
the side of the road."
Mass media and entertainment: " These
highly orchestrated distractions stir our mind's imagination
while blending passions with hype and confusing the sense of
significance and truthful reality for the average man, woman
and child on the street. "
We as a people, are now ready to see and hear a truthful appraisal
and evaluation of who, what, when, where....but most importantly
why we are truly global citizens and forever spiritual beings
in the eyes of 'The One God" to all religions and faiths.
people say about Jerry
"JERRY GAY IS AWESOME"
SKOTT POPE Director, Washington Credit Union League
It is with great pleasure that I express my appreciation for
the seminar you conducted on board Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.
The creative philosophy you shared provided new insights that
will serve our men and women well in their role as Mass Communication
From you, our service people gained a new appreciation for human
nature, which easily translates into respect for the individual.
We learned that when this respect is demonstrated it acts as a
natural solvent to communication barriers and allow unhindered
interaction. Your award winning images reinforced this insight
Your contribution to the United States navy provides effective
methods for our Mass Communications Specialists to obtain powerful
images that reflect the true spirit of our men and women in uniform.
You sir, have my greatest respect as an artist and patriot.
Rembrandt Smith LCDR USN
We were offered the unique opportunity to have Jerry Gay speak
to our students about his work as a photojournalist. During the
45 minutes that Mr. Gay spent with our students, he shared not
only his amazing photography, but connected with the students
on the importance of independent thinking, original thought and
making a difference with their life. Throughout the day, students
and faculty approached me regarding the assembly. It was evident
that Mr. Gay has an inviting sense of humor, sensitivity to the
developmental age of his audience and the ability to weave his
oration and photography together into a welcoming life journey
for young students as well as adults.
Ann E. Spratt, Principal ~~ Icicle River Middle School
Of all the photographers we studied, your work generated the
most comments from the group. It is honest, sensitive, from the
heart and exhibits your faith. Your words were equally compelling
with helpful philosophy as well as humor. Few photographs move
me quite the way yours did.
John Telford, Department of Visual Arts Brigham Young University
One student commented that you were the only speaker we've
had this quarter which she actually kept thinking about once she
left the classroom. Others were impressed with your honest discussion
of your own journey as a photojoumalist and your willingness to
share it so constructively. Still others found inspiration in
your message of self responsibility and spiritual awareness.
Ann Yow, Instructor of Journalism Western Washington University
Jerry came to my class in Media Ethics to talk about the principles
of the photojoumalist. He conversed with the students. He chatted.
He lectured. He preached, pleaded and provoked. For nearly two
hours he held their attention, and for days after he'd left they
continued to react to him and his message.
Clifford Rowe, Professor of Journalism Pacific Lutheran University