James "Jaime" Bairaktaris is a Fairfield County resident and university student. He started taking pictures in middle school within his small hometown of Redding, Connecticut with a simple point-and-shoot camera. Soon thereafter he moved to Westport and joined the ranks of the SLR camera enthusiasts.
He became highly interested in natural landscape photography while exploring the Westport coastline and used his time along the Long Island Sound to practice his techniques and find his niche; a warm, thoughtful photograph that shows the less-seen parts of our world.
His first public showing was in an Arts Westchester exhibit at 12 years of age. He featured pictures captured during Hurricane Sandy, as he was one of the few citizens within the evacuation zone of coastal Westport. He was recognized by being the youngest in the show with the most featured works. His works depicted devastating flooding, destruction and demolition of local homes, in addition to an eerily empty area that usually holds so much life.
He is well known for his photographic work with WestportNow.com, where he is a Contributing Photographer with over 200 published photographic pieces since his start. He also gained attention after a humanitarian aid trip to Naples, Italy at the age of 18 - where Neapolitan locals commended him on his work with local school children as well as his photographic work within the city, saying he "was able to show even the most jaded of Neapolitans new beauty in everyday sites [with his photos]".
Naples was the beginning of his international travels. Each year he travels to new countries to explore the cultures and meet new people. His hope is to make it to every continent and share the beauties in our world through his camera lens.
In addition to his photography, he is a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician Crew Chief with Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Service, where he also serves on its Board of Directors. Outside of volunteering - he is a mathematics paraeducator for a public elementary school, scoops ice cream for a family owned sweets shop, is an active member of the photographic press with WestportNow Media, and is a former educational group leader for Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center. He is an enthusiast of the natural, social, and cultural worlds and enjoys being able to share them with others through pictures, conversations, and video.
Naples; Rome; Florence, Italy
Dublin; Belfast; Galway, Ireland
London, United Kingdom
Kyoto; Tokyo, Japan