Brindel grew up in Michigan and graduated from the University
of Michigan, where he studied Political Science and photography
(1986-90). Images by Edward Weston, Brett Weston, Aaron Siskend,
W. Eugene Smith, and other photography masters had a powerful
effect on him early on and were instrumental in developing his
sense of seeing.
In 1996, at a time when his interest gravitated
more towards documentary photography, he joined a group of like-minded
friends on a program known as GlobaLearn. GlobaLearn documented
the lives of children around the world and gave Jason the opportunity
to travel through all parts of the globe. For the next four years
he photographed a wide range of documentary subjects as the team's
expedition photographer, enabling him to refine his craft and
develop his skills with both film and digital cameras.
In late 1999 he set out on his own, and to inaugurate
this career move he departed to explore the American landscape
with several cameras in a Volkswagon camper. Attracted primarily
to barren, natural settings he found himself spending most of
his time in the National Parks and other protected areas. Drawing
inspiration from places such as Badlands National Park, Death
Valley National Park, and Monument Valley, he began to see certain
qualities in abstract details he had not noticed before. This
was the beginning of a new love affair with abstract photography.