Guest: Jason Dowd – Internationally Exhibiting Artist and Author of “A Haunted Soul”
TOPIC-Photographer’s Hell’s Kitchen Experience We’ve all seen the show Hell’s Kitchen of FOX where Chef Gordon Ramsay goes through a 3 month process of selecting a chef for his new restaurant. Throughout the process he berates, attacks, screams, and criticizes these contestants. In 2011, Jason Dowd had the chance to meet the contestants and photograph an unforgettable “Chefs Challenge” as seen on TV in a restaurant in Clearwater, FL Dowd photographed Chefs from season 5 and 6; Robert Hesse, Ariel, Amanda, Van, Craig and Danny (winner of Season 6) in a real life chefs challenge to raise money for charity. He also met the late Angelo Dundee and photographed his “Dundee’s Corner” in Hesse’s restaurant. Dundee even talked to Dowd about his career. Dowd released some of the photos for public view on his website, never seen by anyone but the contestants before. See the photos and read about it at http://www.dowdstudios.com/2012/09/my-experience-with-hells-kitchen/
Jason Dowd was born in Bristol, CT. He graduated from Land O Lakes High School in Florida in 1997, and continued his education and training at ITT Technical Institute in Tampa. Though he likes to dabble in many art mediums, Dowd focuses his passion on photography. In 2003, he created Dowd Studios, Inc. and then in 2004, began video editing for various bands. In addition to his editing work, Dowd has helped musicians develop their CD covers, produce videos and help with other various creative items needed. He has worked with some of the biggest names in the music industry. In 2010, Dowd started his first art collection titled, “Dreams, Nightmares, Fears and Fantasy.” He has since followed with many other series. His work has been seen in galleries all across the nation, and even has had his photos displayed in Hong Kong. He has won numerous awards over the years for his photography. In 2008 he was commissioned by the “San Diego Voice and Viewpoint” to photograph and cover the only Florida primary campaign stop for then Sen. Barack Obama. His work is displayed in the Coca-Cola headquarters in Atlanta, GA. Since 2010, Dowd has been on over 35 radio interviews and has made many television appearances. In 2011, Dowd published a book titled, A Haunted Soul: A True Story of One Man’s Struggle with the Paranormal. To purchase his book, please visit: www.dowdstudios.com or Amazon.com. Today, Dowd resides in New Port Richey, FL with his wife, Fran.
Date Recorded: 10/2/2012
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