In this months exhibit at Motion Gallery we introduce you to Jordan Miller, a photographer, videographer and first time participant in the Exposure Photography Festival. His collection of photographic images on display represent a range of interests from macro colour photography and textures to infrared landscape photography featuring scenes of Kananaskis, Alberta.
His images were created on a Canon 5D Mk II, and an infrared-converted DSLR.
He tells us he prefers the process of analog photography. The experience of physically developing an image and working with the film is more intimate and rewarding than the process of digital developing. However the efficiency and small form factor of digital photography makes it a more practical for me as an everyday solution.”
His venture with photography began with his father who would processed his own film, and as a child Jordan remembers being in the darkroom with him, with prints clipped to blue plastic clothespins of sock-drying wheels overhead. He recalls a distant clicking made by mechanical timers. “I peered into the developing trays and watched forms somehow grow under the surface of the dim red liquid. The atmosphere was peculiar and mysterious, and this is probably what drew me to the medium initially.”
When his father noticed he was taking interest in photography he got his hands on an old film camera that belonged to his grandfather.
“I think it was a fuji, with some kind of a prime lens attached.” he tells us. It was on this camera that he learned the relationship between shutter speed, ISO, and aperture, and the visual impact these settings had on the image. He shot and developed Ilford 50 from this camera.
However, Jordan identifies himself to us as a scientist when he was a child, he enjoyed looking at things closely through a microscope and engineering crossword puzzles in his spare time, he also enjoys creative writing.
Much of his inspiration has come from The Quay Brothers, who have been influential in their attention to detail as well as their use of heavily patterned and textured sets. Photographers such as Joel Peter Witkin aslo remind Jordan remind to take risks in the creative process. Both of these photographers employ a more traditional aesthetic, and use of black and white film which he admires.
As for Photoshop, he feels there is lots of room to grow and explore within the software. “It can be a useful tool for developing images digitally.” he tell us, “I’m also trying to learn to hand-colour some of my infrared black-and-white images using photoshop.”
Over the years Jordan has shown his work in a couple galleries and has been involved in four solo and group exhibitions.
While he works on new concepts for his latest photographs, he expresses an interest in exploring infrared photography with human subjects in a studio setting, something he has not yet explored.
Visit www.JordanMiller.ca and instagram: jordan.miller.visuals to learn more about Jordan and see his incredible images.