Jacob Hessler is a fine-art photographer specializing in large-scale modern landscapes. His work has been described as introspective, nostalgic, meditative and spiritual. Jacob’s keen eye and use of scale connects viewers with the vastness of the human experience. His images feel expansive and serene, with a whispering tension between the familiar and the deeply mysterious. His work has been praised for offering a completely fresh and unique perspective. At only 30, Jacob’s signature style has developed a strong following of collectors and interior designers.
Jacob’s fascination with photography began at the age of 10, when he first stepped into a darkroom. After attending the young photographers courses at Maine Media Workshops, he solidified his goals of making photography his lifelong pursuit.
In 2007, Jacob graduated at the top of his class from the prestigious Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, CA. After Brooks, Jacob assisted celebrity photographer Jill Greenberg on numerous high-profile projects, including work for New York Magazine and Wired. Following his time with Greenberg Studios, he moved to New York to pursue a master’s degree in Graphic Design at Parsons The New School for Design.
After Parsons, Jacob worked for two years as a freelance commercial photographer, art director and graphic designer in New York City. In 2011, he decided to make the move back to his childhood home in Mid-Coast Maine to commit himself full time to his work.
Jacob lives in a farmhouse in the wilds of coastal Maine with his wife Alissa and their insanely energetic dog, Dot. He is represented by Dowling Walsh Gallery in Rockland. When not photographing or teaching, he operates the boutique-branding agency, Hessler Creative.