Feature Artist: photominimal
Nashville photographer Photominmal is just that– minimal, yet altogether complicated. In his work we can see the ol’ art school lesson in action- less is more. In his pure simplicity of image and surrounding he is able to create the complicated, with a plot like structure his shots allow the viewer to create the story. These story lines are then perpetuated with titles– I like art with titles. I do not know how intentional this is on the part of the photographer, but for me as the viewer it adds a another dimension, even though the titles are as minimal as the work. Photominimal is simply complicated in the best of ways.
PM works with Polaroid instant cameras, antique and vintage cameras, and expired films– creating works that are forever more beautiful and perplexing than digital photography ever will be- it is unpredictable, surprising and mysterious– just what PM likes.
There is a similar thread running through these images- a grain of grayness, an often cold deepness that comes from the film process, but also from the models themselves– these are women with stories (inserting my own opinion and interpretation here), often sad stories, stories of loss, love and sexuality– conveyed through the the quality of film and the camera eye of PM. In his collaboration with the models PM has been able to create a body of work that is erotically simultaneously subtle and strong, telling- but quiet, and above all lets the viewer create their own story.
In our communication PM has told me that he would like his “pictures to whisper, rather than shout.” He has succeeded– the capturing a woman with everything to shout about, but contained in a whisper of knowing. His biggest influence have been women photographers including a previous feature artist- April-lea Hutchinson found at SoAmused, Gracie Hagen and Amanda Jasnowski. These influences of women photographers and I believe women in general are seeped in all PM’s work– the erotica nature of his shots are female driven– in mood and aesthetic.
Image by Photominimal of April-lea Hutchinson© Copyright 2012 Library Vixen, All rights Reserved. Written For: Library Vixen