Thursday, July 26, 2012

Greg Miller

Greg Miller was born in Nashville, Tennessee in 1967. His artistic career began one summer, in high school, drawing caricatures at Opryland. He received his first magazine assignment while in college in New York. In 1990 he received a B.F.A. in photography at the School of Visual Arts in New York. He works on an 8x10” view camera. By using this technique it forces him to interact with his subjects, which in my belief adds to the emotional impact. He wants his images to convey stories and concentrates on the relationships between people within a single frame. He directs the people in his large-scale scenes and perfected this technique over the years. When people misinterpret his directions he embraces it, as it creates a more believable moment. Greg’s images are sharp, clear and contain a strong narrative. Now he continues to work and teaches at the International Center of Photography in New York. 
I really love that his work is almost ritualistic. He starts these projects where he goes to certain events/locations every year. And he continues to go back year after year and year. He said he doesn't go out to get posed shots. He just sits there and waits for certain opportunities to open up to him. He goes out day to day to photograph anything. I love that sometimes. I like that photography doesn't really have limitations. Yes you can have planned shots and staged things but sometimes it is so refreshing to just go out with your camera and photograph anything you want. I do that sometimes when I am stressed or lacking an idea to shoot. I aimlessly wander around certain places and just snap pictures. Yes, the majority of them are just average pictures but then there's ones that just stand out. I have been trying this method with my theme/subject for my senior sem and it's really working out. 

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