Ernest Jackson Jr. is a native of Texas, born in Wichita Falls. As a youngster, he moved tothe beautiful Finger Lakes region of New York State. “Ernie” as his friends call him. Was certainly influenced by the scenic surroundings of his youth.
Ernie’s photographic images pay tribute to the common, yet magnificent splendor of rural America, from the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, to the rugged coast line of the Pacific Northwest. “I try to create images that give you the feeling that you were there when the photograph was taken.”
Ernie was first introduced to Photography while pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Radio and Television at Ithaca College. His series of black and white photos of Watkins Glen State Park (Watkins Glen, New York) won him “Best in Show” for his class portfolio. Ernie spent nearly thirty years as a successful radio manager. It was during his tenure as VP & General Manager of two radio stations in Norfolk, Virginia that he began to become serious about photography. Over the next twenty years Ernie traveled to Greece, Spain, Portugal, Italy, and Turkey, photographing the wonders of foreign lands. But it was his desire to capture the splendor of America’s national and state parks that moved his photography to the next level. In recent years, Ernie has photographed many of our nations most beautiful state parks, and sixteen of our nation’s national parks, including Yellowstone, Yosemite, Zion, Acadia, Rocky Mountain, Smoky Mountain, and Olympic, among others. Ernie is also working in several local school districts teaching students at all levels about photography and about the importance of preserving and protecting our National Parks