Brian A. Reis

Wandering through city streets, watching light streak across a wall, or witnessing shadows dapple across a surface engages my curiosity.  Investigating the places we live, spaces we haunt, and the structures along our paths, I explore our built environment.

The scenes I frame within my viewfinder are meant to be emotive, restful, or perhaps disquieting.  They show time imprinted upon the photographic paper then ticking on, ever so slowly, beyond the frame.  Time, displayed as comfortable, as the worn seat and arms of a favorite chair, or uncomfortable, as a room drenched in the glow of a single dangling light bulb.

Shrouded in the unknown rather than abounding in the divine, the images concentrate on light that illuminates, modifies, flattens, and influences our perceptions.  The photographs reveal the collective stories of our surroundings, including the inevitable, and persistent, passage of time.

I have been working with images and museum collections since my graduation from Columbia College in 1995.  My first job out of college was with Stock Montage, a stock photography and historical picture agency.  Being surrounded by thousands upon thousands of historic and contemporary images informed my future career.

Since I had a background in photography, coursework in art history, and an interest in historical material, I chose to attend Northern Illinois University in the art history department and concentrated on museum studies.  With a part-time position at the Newberry Library, I became more captivated by early photographs and a great variety of works on paper.  The idea of both preserving artifacts and presenting ideas to the public fueled my museum ambitions.  It also energized my personal work.  My photography emerged as a continuing series of found scenes and situations in which I was an active observer.  Sometimes historic in nature, and often alluding to another time, my work became a way to capture a moment that needed to be shared.

Vita available upon request.