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: Kremer Johnson
“Palm Springs Bears” – Capturing the Soul of Palm Springs’ Bear Community”
In the vibrant oasis of Palm Springs, a unique culture thrives, embracing an extraordinary sense of community, design, and humor. Within this warm and welcoming enclave, we discovered a profound admiration with a group of individuals known as “bears” – gay men who exude strength, authenticity, and a profound sense of belonging. “Palm Springs Bears” is a photo series born from our deep affection for this remarkable community, a whimsical portrayal of their lives and the spaces they inhabit.
To create this visual narrative, we searched social media, reaching out for potential subjects. The process of casting our subjects through social media platforms allowed us to connect with individuals who were not just willing to participate but eager to share their stories. Their enthusiasm and willingness to be vulnerable in front of the camera opened a door to a world of authenticity, enabling us to portray their lives in an uninhibited light.
Embracing the spirit of innovation and creativity, we rented a house in the heart of Palm Springs, a place that symbolizes a sanctuary for many members of the bear community. Within the living room of this temporary dwelling, we constructed a wall, symbolizing both unity and the protection of a sanctuary. For each subject, we adorned this unique backdrop with distinct wallpapers, carefully chosen to reflect their individual personalities, aesthetics, and stories.
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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