My most recent work has been in the high plains of Colorado. While I feel much more at home in the heavily wooded mountainous area we live in. I often find it difficult to photograph in the same area. It always feels just to busy to put everything cleanly into a frame. About 15 miles east of our new home the hills begin to stretch out and lay down. The tree's begin to thin out and dot the landscape instead of blanket it. I feel much more at home photographing this clean distraction free environment and it's unique feratures.
This series is on going.
I have always been fascinated by agriculture. Technological advancements made and traditions kept. The affects this has on the landscape wether by man or nature. Recently, I was fortunate to meet the Anderson family. They have been farming and ranching the same land for close to 100 years. This series is a portrait of the land and objects around their home. I have found that visiting the same location several times throughout the year has given me a unique perspective on the space. A familiarity and intimacy that I feel shows in the work. A special thanks to them for giving me such great access.
This was the series that happened by chance and holds special meaning to me. A few years back I flew to San Diego, to photograph friends whom were dealing with the late stages of cancer. The patriarch of their family was loosing his battle with cancer. I was there to record the family as they once were before the ravages of cancer treatment set in. It was a powerful experience and I am grateful to have been a part of it. The day I was to return to Colorado, my flight was delayed. Being only a few miles from Ocean Beach I asked them to indulge me and take me down to photograph the shore. I had one extra roll of film and little time. The following images are a result. I will return one day to finish this series. Until then I would like to thank Southwest airlines for the opportunity!
Like all my work I strive to recognize the beauty in the simplicity of not only our environment, but also the objects with in it. Creating compelling photographs out of single sheets of paper is a concept that is at a primal level of this philosophy and approach to my work. Training myself to pause and focus on even the simplest items and see the potential within them.
The Slides series is an appreciation of the simple form that these slides take on. While working on this series I drew on my background in engineering to inform my eye. The repetition of shape and symmetry that we see in these slides is often overlooked. The simple radius and perfect contours are what I find so powerful. It is not something you see very often.
My work is about findind the beauty in the simplicity of our surroundings and everyday life. No time is this more clear, than on the snow covered days of winter. I find the simplicity of the landscape thought provoking and Beautiful. Tree's, barns, fences etc all become forms. Shapes against a blank background awash in white. The images become more about the placement of the object's within the frame than the beauty of each item. This approach to winter evokes a sense of stillness and solitude. Giving us a chance to be still and appreciatte the simple beauty of the season.
Deadwood is an homage to the rugged Bristlecone Pine tree. These trees are often hundreds of years old and survive in the most rugged of locations. Their refusal to fall, is representative of the rugged individualism that embodies the rocky mountain west.
A look at the everyday items that sustain the way of life we enjoy.
The Blane Project
A few years ago I began working on "The Blane Project". A series of portraits of WWII veterans. My goal with this project is to make honest portraits of these great men and women of history. Celebrating who they are today, distinguished, funny, parents and grandparents. I never pose them, nor do I ask them to wear specific clothing for the shoot. I simply ask, "where would you like your picture taken?" I let their personalities do the rest. Some of them wear their service on their sleeve and others do not. But they are all kind and happy to participate in the project.
I want to thank Fuji Film for their help in supporting this project and providing the film used.
My work is uncomplicated. It’s about curiosity, observation and introspection. My vision is that my work honor’s the simple, commonplace and sometimes unnoticed. Overlooked landscapes, unique structures and simple objects are my focus.
Adam Williams is a recent graduate of the Art Institute of Colorado. During his time at the Art Institute Adam fell in love with fine art black and white photography. Learning traditional wet darkroom processes as well as the latest digital dark room techniques. Adam has chosen to merge the two worlds and now works with a hybrid Analog/digital workflow. Capturing all of his images on film and scanning them to complete the work in the digital dark room.
Early in his career Adam has begun to receive recognition for his work. In 2013 he was nominated for the Spider awards, an international black and white photography competition. Adam was also just recently shortlisted for the fotofilmic F/F 14 juried exhibition. A competition that focuses on film photography in Vancouver, Canada.
Years of schooling honed not only Adams technical skills but his vision for his work. Now he draws from a former career in engineering to inform his work. Picking out the unique structures and materials that can be found in the landscape, cities and his studio. Adams goal with his work is to find the simple beauty in the everyday objects and places.
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