Stephen Spiller
Statement

My interest is social, political, and cultural subtexts that offer a window into understanding how contemporary life is shaped and lived. My images explore drivers of individual passions within those subtexts, as well as manifestations of such passion, originating from unstated, suppressed, or otherwise hidden events.

Who we are as individuals is defined by powerful moments which are acted upon in ways both apparent and hidden. I want to recognize, and thereby value, our experiences – as if to say: “Hey, look! This moment is part of the larger, cohesive experience of me, not something to shed or discard as so much detritus.” I think each day's events are worthy of being collected, and neatly preserved, as if in a suitcase, rather than summarily x-ing the day off on a calendar with black magic marker as it marches on by.