Jim McMahen was born and raised in Chico, California. After graduating from high school he attended Yuba Community College and Butte Community College where he received an AA degree. He then transferred to Chico State College where he completed his undergraduate and graduate work. After earning his teaching credential, Jim moved to Sacramento and began his 34-year career as a high school teacher before retiring in 2008.
Jim’s interest in photography began while attending Chico State and for over thirty years he has been involved in various aspects of the medium. He enjoys the ability to look at an image and make it his own, through his eyes. His goal is to have his photographs evoke the strong images that he sees. Many of Jim’s photographs are eclectic and show that he is always “looking”- looking for light and shadows; texture and tone; and shape and size.
“Seven years ago his wife gave him a digital 35mm SLR for Christmas and he started taking classes at Sacramento City College. Digital photography has helped in making him become a better photographer. The advances in the art allow him to create photographs of his images that “look” the way he felt about a subject when first taking the picture. His photographs are able to contain more depth and sensitivity because he waits to find the perfect image.