The Art of the Personal Project is a crucial element to let potential buyers see how you think creatively on your own.  I am drawn to personal projects that have an interesting vision or that show something I have never seen before.  In this thread, I’ll include a link to each personal project with the artist statement so you can see more of the project. Please note: This thread is not affiliated with any company; I’m just featuring projects that I find.  Please DO NOT send me your work.  I do not take submissions.

Today’s featured artist:  Stephen Wilkes


I began this project a few years ago, while working on my Day to Night™.   Photographing in Italy, I visited the Vatican Museum and became fascinated by the extraordinary tapestries.  I was inspired by the layering of imagery, the narrative storytelling and color that appears throughout the woven texture of the yarn. I began to wonder if I could create a similar effect, incorporating multiple exposures, in a single image.

So began my exploration of “Tapestries”. I always say that if Day to Night™ is like a symphony where I photograph for 24-36 hours, then the Tapestries are like a piece of jazz music. Being totally in the moment and capturing the images in camera and in short periods of time.  In both bodies of work, I’m dissecting the very concept of time in different ways.

Stephen Wilkes’ work is included in the collections of the George Eastman Museum, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Jewish Museum of NY, Library of Congress, Museum of the City of New York, 9/11 Memorial Museum and many more. His editorial work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, Time, Fortune, National Geographic, and Sports Illustrated among others. Wilkes awards and honors include the Alfred Eisenstaedt Award for Magazine Photography and TIME Magazine Top 10 Photographs of 2012, Sony World Photography Professional Award 2012, Adobe Breakthrough Photography Award 2012, Prix Pictet, Consumption 2014.

To see more of this project, click here


APE contributor Suzanne Sease currently works as a consultant for photographers and illustrators around the world.  She has been involved in the photography and illustration advertising and in-house corporate industry for decades.  After establishing the art-buying department at The Martin Agency, then working for Kaplan-Thaler, Capital One, Best Buy and numerous smaller agencies and companies, she decided to be a consultant in 1999.  Follow her at @SuzanneSease.  Instagram

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  1. I love this so much! Stephen is an incredible photographer and human being. I highly recommend sitting in on one of his talks. His process is very interesting.

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