Brandon Nichols

Mar 14th, 2017

Brandon Nichols

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Brandon Nichols is a professional studio photographer living and working in north Texas. Since graduating from the University of North Texas in 2011, he has been featured in the Creators Project and exhibited internationally.

Tell us about the images that we’re featuring?

   This is an ongoing project consisting of gifs that express a message of interconnectedness and flow in nature. I use gif format to show the paint medium as a product of time. Every moving part affects other parts causally, whether it moves forward or backwards over the subject. Similarly It is about how our thoughts are fluid and self-affirming, structuring our perceptions, creating outlines and separations, yet all being created from the same medium. The work is heavy in metaphor for the sensitive viewer.

How does technology affect your photography?

   Technological innovation increases the speed we can generate and share ideas. Were this the days of film I wouldn’t be able to make these digital animated images at the same rate, let alone share them with a potentially limitless audience online. Technology gives us the capacity to share ideas with more and more clarity as well.

How does social media affect you and your art?

   I love sharing and seeing images on Instagram. It puts us in a constant visual dialogue with others. I use it to share what I am dreaming up in a given night in my studio. But it is so diverse in its functions. What people post can give you insight into their minds just by seeing what they focus their camera phones on.

Why did you start taking photos?

   Photography has been a fascination for me. I felt at some point that images and language were working in similar ways, like reflections of one another. I am not much of a writer but I do feel I have an important message.

How do you determine if a work has been a success?

   The success of a work is tied into the journey I go on in making it. As I work, I am tunneling into abstract thinking about the nature of the mind and exploring spiritual questions, trying to find visual metaphors to express them. If at the end of this process I feel the message is encoded within the image and decipherable with a careful reading I get excited about sharing it.

What other forms of art inform your work?

   I am really inspired by writers. While I work I also listen to words and ideas of other artists. I listen to Walt Whitman describe himself as one with the grass, trees, and air. I listen to Phillip K Dick jump frantically through realities sampling all without ever settling on one. And I listen to the wisdom in the Dhammapada describing the flow and suffering in life and how one might escape it.