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 currently well known for his photographic work with WestportNow.com, where he is a Contributing Photographer with almost 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 Advanced Emergency Medical Technician with Westport Volunteer Emergency Medical Service, where he also serves on its Board of Directors. Outside of volunteering he is an educational group leader for Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center, a paraeducator for a local public school district, and even scoops ice cream for a family owned sweets shop. 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.
Centro Storico, Naples, Italy
The center is filled with small streets, vendors, beautiful light and shadows, people, and everything else that makes a meaningful picture. I'll never get bored taking photos in the Centro Storico.
Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park, Maine, USA
I always find mountaintops difficult because there's less diversity for the eye. This is when I'll usually find the diamond in the rough, a specific flower or a strange rock, to make the picture special.
Naples; Rome, Italy
Dublin; Belfast; Galway, Ireland
London, United Kingdom