Bryan Schutmaat Interview: When poetry meets Photography
I’m Bryan Schutmaat, from Houston, TX. I started taking pictures in 2003 for fun
I think it depends on what you want to achieve as an artist. Some photographers that I really admire display no technical proficiency yet still make magnificent work. Jacob Holdt comes to mind. But for me, yes, I think it’s important that my work is technically sound.
Last month had to describe my work in a different interview using only five words. Thus, I’ll recycle that answer: Diverse, dreamy, genuine, quiet, loud.
What are the subjects that mostly interest you and why?
I’m interested in an array of subjects so it’s hard to pinpoint this. But I definitely like day-to-days objects and ordinary places. Such subject matter challenges what are acceptable figures of beauty and also gives insight into cultural identity etc. Not surprisingly, this interest was provoked by some of my favorite photographers. I’m also getting a lot more interested in portraiture and human relationships.
What are you trying to capture through photography?
I am aim for an array of things so it’s hard to say, and what I attempt to capture definitely varies throughout each project I do.
Some of my recent work tries to evoke feelings of remembrance and times past.
When I shoot I analyze the color and composition, striving for simplicity. Sometimes I think about the philosophical implications of the scene that I’m shooting, but other times I just think about what
I’m going to have for lunch.
I use all available light. The sun pretty much tells me what I can and can’t shoot, and I’m okay with that. I’ve currently been shooting on a Mamiya RZ67, a Rollieflex, and a few various 35mm cameras.
Right now are you working on a specific subject? If yes can you tell us more about? If not can you shortly introduce us to your latest work?
Right now I’m working a series consisting of mostly portraits. They are about being young and anticipating nostalgia.
What are your main inspirations?
My friends and things on the side of the highway.
Clarity, consistency, concepts—the usual stuff.
If you could invite 3 photographers or artist at a dinner who would it be and why?
Any young photographers or Flickr member which work you really like and that you would like us to discover?”
Thank You Bryan
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