Mel Alexenberg’s question to John Telford: I read with great interest and enjoyment the recent interview with you in MormonArtist in which you talk about your spiritual and contemplative experiences in Israel creating photographs for your book In the Footsteps of Jesus. Can you connect those experiences in the original Jerusalem with your experience being in Jerusalem, Utah?
John Telford’s response: I wish I could tell you that there was some kind of connection between my photographs of Israel and Jerusalem, Utah. However, even as a life-long Utahan, I didn’t even know there was a Jerusalem, Utah, until last March. My brother-in-law who lives in Ephraim, Utah, told me about this little obscure hamlet of Jerusalem, Utah. I was working on a project photographing interesting-strange anomalies in San Pete County, Utah – things or places that would make you think, “What’s that about?” The photographs were taken by going around the object or place and photographing it from the 8 main points of the compass . We then put the entire series on a video animation and projected them on a screen in the Central Utah Art Center. Anyone who knew anything about what we had photographed were then asked to write information about the objects or place. It was done as an interactive art installation piece.
About the photographer: John Telford, a native of Utah, has been making photographs of the landscape and environment for nearly 40 years. His photographs have been published extensively (including over 50 cover photographs) and exhibited both nationally and internationally (more than 70 solo and group shows) and are included in numerous public and private collections. He has authored and co-authored seventeen books, and is currently a professor of visual art (photography) at Brigham Young University.