Jeff Zilm

His are by far some of my favorite editorial pictures I’ve shot  for Patron Magazine and other similar projects. Jeff Zilm, the American visual artists and Dallas resident, was featured in Patron’s (latest) issue, and I had the pleasure of photographing him for this feature. Zilm’s art is very unique – he makes paintings that are so minimalist at the surface, but are created based on a very creative and complicated process using film stock, where he transfers cut-up film from reel to canvas. He does that through a chemical process he created that mixes paint with an emulsion base he strips from film to pain his art pieces. The end result is a captivating blend of grays and whites that has a very intriguing and, at times, ”ghostly presence”. Jeff is a highly sought after artist, at times selling pieces that haven’t yet been painted, and his works has been showcased in numerous gallery and museum exhibitions. I thank Patron’s Terri Provencal for the opportunity to capture Jeff and his art at his studio in Dallas.

Editor's Note

It was nice being mentioned in the editor’s note of Patron Magazine’s latest edition. Being acknowledged by the editor and creator of this elegant publication, Terri Provencal, is an endorsement I’m always happy to receive. In the 3 years since the inception of the magazine that covers the art & culture scenes in Dallas, I’ve had the pleasure to work alongside Terri to photograph many of the high profile artists and art supporters featured in Patron. For this issue, I photographed, among others, one of the city’s most pivotal figures in the Dallas art scene today – Dallas Museum of Art director, Maxwell Anderson, contemporary visual artist – Jeff Zilm, and creative chef, author, and educator – Stephan Pyles.

The Art of Photography dot TV

In my down time, I generally like to watch two documentaries over and over again - Richard Avedon's Darkness and Light, and Henri Cartier Bresson's The Decisive Moment. I am not sure why I'm drawn to these two in particular, but they make me feel good. I like to listen to Richard Avedon talking about his highs and lows, prides and fears. Same thing applies to Henri Cartier Bresson, I like hearing him talk about his love of, and application of forms and geometry to his photography. "And if there is no picture, alright there is no picture." Cartier Bresson says in his documentary and sometimes this consoles me when I beat my head to the wall if I do not see a picture every where I look. This week, for a change, I was looking for more topics and videos to inspire me, and accidentally, I can across the videos of The Art of Photography podcasts, made by Ted Forbes. Forbes is a Dallas based photographer and a fine educator who talks from the heart. I enjoyed the time I spent viewing all the content available that he has out there. And you should too. You can find them on iTunes and on YouTube as well. He has very inspiring educational videos out that cover many topics and many concerns for photographers. I know I get lazy sometimes and get stuck editing and doing the business part of photography, I think all or most photographers do, and we forget about many other essential things and most importantly shooting. Ted Forbes inspired me again, or at least reminded me to go out, shoot more, experiment and learn.