Praying Mantis

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Patio Life

There is a mean-looking wasp sitting on the arm of an empty teak chair on the patio in my backyard. Every day the wasp visits. Why does it keep landing on the chair?

I want answers.

I live in a small town, at least spatially, in Greater Boston. The town is five and a half square miles with 42,000 residents and an abundance of tiny, often unseen critters lurking in its yards—yards measured in square feet, not acres.

With a couple of chairs and a few flowers, a small suburban oasis was created on the patio.

But those wasps…and these tiny spiders that seem to jump into thin air? What else is living around me?

I need answers.

The camera provides an up-close peek at my fellow patio dwellers whose respective behaviors pique my curiosity and intrigue me.

All subjects seen were photographed outdoors in my backyard or front porch; none were harmed.

Whether planting a single flower or large garden—you won’t have to travel far to find interesting neighbors if you look close enough.

If you plant it, they will come.

What people are saying!

Patio Life and its characters have been described in the Boston Globe, Metro West Daily News, Hopkinton Crier, Arlington Advocate, Winchester Star and NH Magazine. In addition, you can read about it on Wicked Local here and here!

In addition, Patio Life was featured on the television program “Optics: Featured Artists of the Griffin Museum” and can be seen here.

For visitors of any age, Collins has created striking images of the creatures that have lived on Earth millions of years before us and reveal the marvelous ingenuity of a natural world we too often overlook. The critters displayed are marvels of anatomical efficiency, with the brilliant coloration of an Impressionist landscape.

Everyone agrees da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa,” Gilbert Stuart’s “George Washington” and Grant Wood’s farm couple in “American Gothic” are works of art. But they don’t live in your yard.

If you want to see neighbors who are masterpieces of natural beauty, visit Jamie Collins’ Patio Life.

“Jamie’s work knocks me out,” says HCA director Kris Waldman. “He brings us face to face with the mystery and beauty of the world right under our feet. I think our audience, from artists to parents to kids, will feel the same way.”

Your work is incredible!! My children and I are blown away with the chance to see these critters up close and in so much vibrant detail! We are bug hunters and bug lovers! Thank you for this beautiful display!

O'Donnell Family
Patio Life Testimonial


Patio Life. Group Exhibit.
Photoville Fence – Regional Artist


Color. 2020 International Juried Exhibit
Villa Bee Fly
SE Center for Photography
Greenville, SC
September, 2020

Patio Life. Solo Exhibit.
3S Artspace

Portsmouth, NH
Februrary 7, 2020 – March 27, 2020.

Patterns and Shadows. 2020 International Juried Exhibit.
Pill Bug.
New York Center for Photographic Arts
New York, NY
April 2020.

Patio Life. Solo Exhibit.
Olympus InVision Photo Festival
Bethlehem, PA
November 1, 2019 – January 13, 2020.

Patio Life
10th Annual Photobook Show
Davis Orton Gallery
Hudson, NY
December 2019

Winter Solstice. Damselfly.
Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA.
December 10 – January 3, 2019.

Secondary Colors. 2019 International Juried Exhibit.
Spring Lilies.
New York Center for Photographic Arts
New York, NY
October 2019.

Patio Life. Solo Exhibit.
Griffin Museum of Photography @ WinCAM
Winchester, MA
June 13 – Sept. 17, 2019.

25th Annual Juried Members Exhibit. Damselfly.
Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA.
July 18 – September 1, 2019.

Patio Life. Solo Exhibit.
Mass Audubon Boston Nature Center
April 5 – June 9, 2019.

Yellow. Colors of Humanity 2019 International Juried Exhibit.
Bee Fly.
May 1 – May 31, 2019.

Primary Colors. 2019 International Juried Exhibit.
Red Mandevilla and Damselfly. Blue Salvia and Green Bee.
New York Center for Photographic Arts
New York, NY
April 18-27, 2019.

Winter Solstice. Mantis.
Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA.
December 2 – December 31, 2018.

Patio Life. Solo Exhibit.
Hopkinton Center for the Arts, Hopkinton, MA.
October 5 – November 15, 2018.

24th Annual Juried Members Exhibit. Mantis.
Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA.
July 19 – September 2, 2018.

Photography Atelier 27. Patio Life.
Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA.
March 8 – April 1, 2018.