My referral to this Stephen Tamiesie’s site did not disappoint. This was my first knowledge of the photographer, and I was unsuccessful in digging up background information on this artist. I’m now faced with blogging in direct response to my initial reactions when first viewing his body of work – a simple and complex task. I can simply say that I love his work. It’s painfully difficult for me to describe why in an accurate (or intelligent or thought-provoking, etc.) manner because I’m unfamiliar with photography terminology.
I was struck by the clarity and color temperature in the photographs. There was an etheral and gloomy feeling captured in the pictures. He is able to add those dimensions and feelings from his camera that I don’t think I would experience if standing in front of stacked cargo freight.
Stephen Tamiesie’s site has three series: Places, Signs of American Life, The Salton Sea. I loved every one of them, and it’s not a single note repeated in his subject matter. Many works in ‘Places’ manage to display inanimate objects and their surroundings into geometric patterns (i.e. a storefront, stacked cargo freight). ‘Signs of American Life’ views the expansiveness of the rural West of U.S and captures some stunning natural landscape. My favorite series, ‘The Salton Sea,’ where Tamiesie documents in beautiful fashion the remains of an area in the California desert ravaged by the flooding of the Colorado River 100 years ago. These images struck a chord with me because the images seemed peacefully eerie. It looked completely desolate and other-worldly.
See more at Stephen Tamiesie Website