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Taking a Hiatus – Looking at the Landscape and Nothing Else: The Photos of Robbie Brindley

Robbie Brindley is hot off the heels of a recent marriage to the love of his life, and is freshly returned from his honeymoon. During this romantic escapade, he worked on some of his photography show called Hiatus that is currently hanging at Maxine’s.

As a creative release, Brindley savors the chaos and uncertainty of analog photography. He enjoys the lack of control he has when taking pictures with his trusty Polaroid land camera. “It’s like creating a mess, and you don’t know what the hell you’re going to get. It’s exciting, unpredictable; it’s a happy anxiety,” says Brindley.

Although digital format cameras primarily rule the commercial photography scene, there is still a positive trend in instant and monochrome film. “I’ve blown $800 on film all gone to waste, but that’s the cost of art I guess,” says Brindley. He also uses an SX-70 camera for film. His most recent series of photos was taken primarily using 4×5 expired Polaroid film. The unpredictable results of decaying chemicals creates a unique and unexpected affect within his photographs that many instant film connoisseurs covet.

A photographer who balances a day job that involves doing digital commercial photography, Brindley thinks most every photographer should have a day job. “The balance allows for the ar t not to lose its luster,” he expounds. A lifestyle and por trait photographer based here in Hot Springs, Brindley has an infatuation with lightning storms and a sincere passion for what most other photographers would consider the gritty genuine moments that make up the deep yet subtle emotions that pervade us daily. The photos he takes are as real as his subjects. You can perceive his love of photography through his mannerisms alone.

Having experimented with analog and digital media, Brindley prefers the fortunate flaws that may be discovered in analog film. His photos have been described as having a natural airy and soft dreamy quality. They’re the type of photos that express a type of meditative state. In his most recent series, the majority of his subjects have their backs to the camera and are looking out at the landscape that surrounds them. “I think everyone should meditate more on things in their surroundings. Do it while you smoke a cigarette and drink coffee,” says Brindley. His work has been featured on Mull it Over and the Impossible Project Viewfinder page.

“You never quite know when you’re ready to do a show. You just wait, knowing that hopefully you’ll mature more as a photographer—until you fully bloom,” says Brindley. This summer seems as good of a time as any for this Hot Springs photographer to show his work and express his own spontaneous form of meditation. Go by Maxine’s Live Music Venue during the entire month of May to see Brindley’s work. You can also check out his website at www.robbiebrindleyphotography.com

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Jim Miller knows Hot Springs. While starting his career with the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, he then went on to help with the creation of Hot Spring Hot Spots Magazine and served as Editor for two years before moving on to be the Director of Marketing at the Mid America Science Museum after its grand reopening in February 2015. Jim remains a constant inquisitor and highly active member of the Hot Springs social, economic and political scene. If one needs to find out any information about this fair city, one only has to ask Jim.

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