I’ll admit, I cruise the internet- not out of boredom, but rather curiosity. It’s our 21st century encyclopedia. Pictures, sounds, words and other types of media are broadcast at all times of the day and connect those who once would never meet. I stumble across countless inspirational pieces, but one recently stood out to me. I like to consider myself a photographer and tend to always notice the angles, views, and contrast that many would not. I’ve looked through hundreds of portfolios, street-style shots, and picture perfect studio productions. This, is different.
I was first directed by a friend to Bryan Schutmaat’s artist portfolio by a dear friend. He said, “Whatever you do, read the statement first. Don’t look at the photos. I followed his advice. This is what I read:
“This project combines portraits, landscapes, and still life in a series of photos that explores the lives of working people residing in small mountain towns and mining communities in the American West. Equipped with a large format view camera, and inspired by the poetry of Richard Hugo, I’ve aimed to hint at narratives and relay the experiences of strangers met in settings that spur my own emotions. Ultimately, this body of work is a meditation on small town life, the landscape, and more importantly, the inner landscapes of common men.”
Now, view his pictures. I’ll let you handle the rest. Honestly, one of, if not the best collections I’ve ever seen. Here’s is his work-Bryan Schutmaat
Photo: Bryan Schutmaat