JPH Vargas holds a dual B.A. in Writing and Literature and (Darkroom) Photography, a Masters of Arts in Teaching English and Linguistics, a GradCert in Conflict Transformation Across Cultures, a professional certificate in multi-cultural peace-building and dialog, as well as a trade school diploma in audio production/engineering. He has also coursed and passed 18 credits of additional post graduate work in modern world system theory, global issues, varied courses in human development, counseling psychology, and Latin American issues and culture.
He focuses on odd/off 35mm or 120mm film photographic compositions and alternative process printing, using metals, egg washes, oil paints gum-bichromates, Xerox machines, and giclée. He has based image portfolios on “Ratios in Visual Space,” and the contrast of the “evidence of humanity and its inpermanance.” He tries, with differing degrees of success, to use natural ratios in his composition of music and in his work in authoring novels, letters, and newspaper features as well. (When it is possible).
He is an autodidact, finding great value in the Dewey system of philosophical education, as well as being a great admirer of Dr. Mortimer Adler’s holistic curricula on critical thinking and life long reading.
Being an accomplished musician, guitar and bass player, and sound engineer, he expresses music alone, as well as with others on occasion.
He has authored two novels that need a home, “St. Lazarus the Pernicious and the Excommunicated Few,” and “The Place of the White Dog.” The novels are literary fiction and are ‘mostly’ story-less and dense. He holds firm to the belief that narratives are not as important as the emotions that a single sentence, or theme, or movement of prose can bring up in a reader. His books are not meant to be best sellers, or meant to generate income besides the satisfaction of having said what he wished to say, and the feelings and emotions that were brought up in his reader friends. (*Although he would never turn down a reasonable offer of representation and publishing.*)
He has worked for his fair share for pocket change and “tobacco and whiskey cash,” at almost every newspaper in CT as a feature writer; he has employed himself as a butcher’s assistant, shop clerk, library archivist, and amateur gambler on clandestine trivia circles. Being one who values labor, and sees no difference in any profession or trade that supports ones family nobly, he dedicates his professorial vision to helping vulnerable people find the skills to communicate their issues, needs, and boundless skills and gifts to future employers, landlords, and works to help them find their voice in the disparate and sometimes unfriendly place we refer to as “USA.”
“There is no room in society for elitism, we all should be free to make our own chosen way, (if the system is not oppressive or stacked against us), for the grave is the great equalizer and glory can be found in the happy arms of a humble family, as well as through epic triumphs that only last for that incredibly brief space between falling stars.”
JPH Vargas (drunk on chartreuse)
The overarching goal for JP, is to affect change in others and to coalesce and crystallize human emotion and experience in every format he is gifted with working in; especially music, darkroom developing and printing film, sound design and music composition as well as feature journalism and creative writing.
10 Percent of all proceeds of all sales-in perpetuity-of prints and all mechanically generated media, will be shared with organizations that work for the common good of “people who need people,” POC finding equal opportunities diminishing, the advancement of LGBTQ+ communities, medical services for those unable to find them, and equality in our stagnant “industrially modeled and factory based” educational systems.
He works using dialog, creativity, music, all healthy arts, and most importantly kindness and collaboration. He hopes to successfully accomplish these goals with empathy, compassion, hard creative work, and understanding.
He is employed as an Instructor in the School of Applied Liberal Arts and Sciences at a small CT University, bounded among the suburban sprawling hills of central Connecticut along the loamy shores and sandy embankments of that great New England river.
He has spent the majority of his developing adult years traveling and working to ameliorate conflict and violence around the world. His studies and work have taken him to Western and Central Europe, Central and Eastern Africa, and South America. He is Argentine-American, and has maintained and fostered close connections to the Latin and Southern American communities in Hartford county as well as NY and New England. He is 38 years old.
He enjoys weeks alone in the woods, camping and living minimally, fishing and sleeping under the stars in introspection and solitude as much as he is able. He has been known, by those close to him to disappear for many years at a time, without trace or reason.
Depending on the scope of his whiskey intake, he may state himself to be a “legendary” adventurer. Some facts “may” be questionable; however, he has smuggled audio equipment into US embargoed countries, helped build community radio stations, narrowly escaped dictatorial governmental inquires in odd places, crashed two Peugeot 504’s on mountain roads, survived a couple fist-fights with gauchos, and has a 5-0 unbeaten arm wrestling record against Nigerian and Sudanese pimps. He traipses through life’s dangerous situations with the tact and grace of a thunderstorm.