The camera is a tool that can capture so many emotions and give us a strong connection from the viewer to the artist. I give viewers a look through my eyes when I present my work. My street photography shows what is overlooked from cracks in the pavement to the tops of buildings. I find it so gratifying to be able to find great compositions out of my everyday environment. My street photography is very loose and in the moment. My purpose is to give the viewer that time to think and really look at what might not be seen. In a fast-paced society, we do not stop and take in our surroundings. My work's intention is to assist the viewer in taking the time to look carefully at what might normally be overlooked.
As an artist, and in general, I’ve found it just as important to look at the process that one takes as the progress that they make. Details that can be learned from, repeated, or improved can often get lost in the cracks. Many important things have only been made possible through transportation, but the ride there is usually not considered. I chose train stations in particular because trains have become one of the more overlooked, albeit still relevant, modes of transportation.
My interactive installation, You Are The Only Home You’ll Ever Have, incorporates photos from my everyday life I've taken from both my digital camera and my iPhone displayed inside and outside of a mini-fridge. The photos in the magnetic frames stuck to the outside of the fridge represent the life I let everyone see. The fridge then must be opened to find 6 photos in frames that represent the life I also lead, the same one, but the parts of it I don’t normally show the world, a life I sometimes try to hide.
Inside of a square frame I try to capture scenes of the world through my lens. For as long as I can remember I have wanted to seize life’s moments. Photography has the power to grab a single memory and have it for eternity. This makes a photo timeless, it keeps that scene forever, and the viewer can always inject themselves into that time. Photography is the ability to create an abstract scene and capture it for a lifetime.
This series focuses on the sides of people that are not shown to everyone. The photos in color symbolize a feeling of innocence and vulnerability, which are contrasted by the raw, expressive and suggestive images in black and white film. While each image may work as an individual portrait, together the images bring about a separate feeling with the color associated to each subject. To me, each of the colors symbolize the person in the photo. Using the primary and secondary colors in photography helps to deepen the feelings within each photograph. By using the colors, which have meaning to me, I do not expect the viewers to share the same interpretation, but that is what I expect. I encourage you to study my work and develop a deeper feeling within the subjects. Every color in this series is something we see every day, and how we react to the color is unique.\
I’ve always been fascinated by texture. When I was a child, I would touch anything and everything just to know how it felt in my hands. I would touch images in books, frustrated that I couldn’t feel the texture. Since I got into photography, I’ve tried to capture fine details and texture of subjects, trying to make the photo feel as real as possible. By overlaying some of my most textured photographs of tree bark over each other, I’ve finally been able to “feel” a texture just by looking at a photo.
William John Parrott III
The inspiration for my photography is derived from emotion and music. Through my eyes, emotions and music have a coexistence with one another, and I use this in my photography. Those who listen to music while working can understand this correlation. It is this reason I find that my artwork is influenced by my music choice. It is the backdrop to my life which gives me my drive, motivation, and inspiration for my works.
We never know the value of something until it is gone. Depression is like living in the past. Where you have lost everything, the reality of what is lost hits you all at once, inducing traumatization. The expression, “take a picture it’ll last longer”, is a reminder of these fleeting moments in time. It is for this; I always keep a camera around me. These moments always seem to arise when you are the least prepared. With keeping a camera on me, I can take full advantage of the opportunities that may present themselves to me when I least expect it. Being able to preserve the good times for eternity.