Garrett Williams || CLOSED

Yes, by now we have seen many series of architectural photographs documenting the great recession. A certain fatigue sets in at the thought of ruin porn. But the recession lives on and store fronts remain closed. Garrett Williams reveals a fine eye for clean minimalism and subtle color in these images shot through the windows of empty retail spaces. They appear almost theatrical, as if waiting for the show to begin. I never get tired of peering into work with this sort of sublime mystery attached to it.

"I began shooting empty rooms through storefront windows about a year ago. These are a selection I took while traveling from Oregon to California last Fall. The simple aesthetics of these spaces pleased and surprised me, and the documentation of an economic cycle became secondary. The roughness of the images gives clues to the voyeuristic nature of the project. The glass was dirty, there were reflections, and my mobility around the subject obviously limited by a large glass plate. I plan to continue this series in my next trip back."    
- Garrett Williams

Images by Garrett Willams from his CLOSED series

More about Garrett Williams:

"I am an American photographer based in Oslo, Norway. I was trained as a fine art photographer in San Francisco, and have worked in various facets of the branch both here and there. The more I shoot the more I am fascinated by the concept of creativity. It's a feeling about an image that simply falls into place. Combine this with an enormous curiosity about people and this world and these photographs are the result. With a documentary background, my photographs are normally untouched scenarios that hopefully show how I view this fascinating world. "

Garrett Williams Photography

Open Call For Work || FIF 2013

International Photography Festival - Belo Horizonte, Brazil 2013

Open call for artists - International photo exhibition

Artists are invited to submit their original work for the main exhibition of the 1st International Photography Festival of Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Submissions are free and will remain open until May 20, 2013. Applications must include a series of 5 to 8 images, artist statement, technical specifications of the work, resume and portfolio. The works will be judged by the duo of curators Eduardo de Jesus, critic, essayist, board member of the Associação Cultural Videobrasil (São Paulo/Brazil) and professor of PUC Minas (Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte/Brazil), and Patricia Azevedo, artist and professor of EBA-UFMG (School of Fine Arts at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte/Brazil). Selected works will be presented at the exhibition of the festival, to be held from July 12 to August 6, 2013, in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Online submissions, terms and conditions and more information on the website