This Photography Series Evokes A Yearning For The Simplicity That Only Nature Can Bring

American writer and artist, Jordan Sullivan, has managed to catch the attention of magazines like Vogue, Dazed Digital and VICE in the past and his latest project promises to be just as noteworthy.

The photography series, A Garden, was shot in the boundless nature of Texas and feels immediately dream-like. As if in a summer haze, the viewer is almost placed in the position of lethargic lounger: laying, face toward the sun, surrounded by the tall stalks of flowers and the trees seeming to almost touch the sky.

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This dreamy, summer feeling is emphasised even more with the blurring of the images and the rainbows, each unique, which seem to dance just in front of the photos like light does across water. ‘I shoot through painted filters, paste flowers to the lens and create double exposures’, Jordan explains when we ask him how he manages to create such dreamy colours.

The images evoke a yearning for summer, a sense of simplicity and calm and of lazy days that seem to stretch out forever spent away from the bustle of man-made life.

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We spoke to Jordan to find out more about this latest series.

The Plus: What kind of emotion do you want to express through this series?
Jordan Sullivan:
A sense of joy and wonder. To me they are pictures of rebirth. I shot them the day of my grandmothers funeral. After the service, a field of wildflowers had bloomed near the house where she died.

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TP: It seems you enjoy nature quite a lot, is this where you normally get your inspirations from?
JS:
I get inspiration from everywhere. But yes, definitely from nature. Standing in front of a mountain or being alone in a wide open field I sort of get this sense of time that I don’t get in the city – a sense of a time before. Also, photography landscapes and the natural world is more important than ever now, considering how fast humans are destroying nature.

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TP: What kind of influence does art exert on your life?
JS:
Every aspect of it. It’s everything to me.


TP: What you would do if you were not an artist/photographer?
JS:
I’d probably be dead.

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TP: You have two exhibitions coming up later this year, tell us a little bit about them.
JS:
I will be showing pieces from a new series called Near To The Wild Heart. It’s a series comprised of four chapters – A Garden, Islands of Youth, Ana, and The Country Inside. The work is concerned with the link between color and time.

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