Photographer Tim Brill is sort of an inspiration to me. Not that I absolutely love his photography, but his life story and outlook on the art world I refreshing to me.
Tim was born and raised in New York City, but he left. Realizing that New York City was in fact not the center of the universe he traveled around a bit, from Boulder to LA, upstate New York, and eventually settling down in Portland.
Tim worked with photography in high school and college, but left the medium behind while pursuing what he believe to be a "real world" career. Tim realized that he wanted to purse his passion in fine art photography instead.
Tim's work in Still/Life doesn't particularly interest me per se, but his execution is refreshing for this subject. He addresses the fact that still life is an oxymoronic term and attempts to animate this stillness by removing the object from its everyday purpose.
Here is Tim's artist statement on Still/Life:
"Having artistic aspirations and not being able to draw a straight line may incline the less despairing of us to pick up a camera. Appropriating the traditional painterly genre of Still Life tenuously provides the sense of creating from nothing, of “making” rather than “taking.” As inspiration for this portfolio, I draw on the 17th century Dutch and Spanish masters of Still Life such as Adriaen Coorte and Juan Sanchez Cotan, whose works often feature simple, everyday and frequently ephemeral objects depicted in austere environments.
The term Still Life is essentially oxymoronic and in this body of work I look to animate that stillness by removing all identifiers of the quotidian nature of the objects. By careful placement of one type of fruit or vegetable in empty, graphic space, my intent is to add narrative to formal structure. The photographic still life, in its insistence on the reality of the object, is able to add that narrative in a way that a painting cannot. The title for this body of work, Still/Life, reflects that intent."