Carson Gilliland is a 21 year old Junior photography major at the Ringling College of Art and Design in sunny Sarasota, Florida.
I have been fascinated with Hollywood movie lighting since I was a young lad, and try to convey a sense of surrealism in a realistic environment through the use of 5-25 minute exposures. Lately I have been shooting with a Mamiya RZ-67 and a Bronica SQ-A. The film I use stays pretty consistent, mostly Kodak Portra 160nc and Fujifilm Pro 800z shot at 400. To limit my inspirations to only a few select artists would be pretty pointless for I am coming across new and great photographers daily, but I can say confidently that the works of Alec Soth, Nan Goldin, Tierney Gearon, Todd Hido, Alessandra Sanguinetti, Roger Ballen, Joseph Mougel, William Eggleston, Simen Johan, and Pieter Hugo have played an important role in my life.
I find myself drifting away from Fashion and Advertising photographers simply upon the fact that the world has become to heavily commercialized , which leaves no room for imagination. These few photographers in which I have named, portray the world in which they see and interact with. Also I guess I am really drawn to their work since most have yet conformed to the digital camera and still shoot some sweet film.
As for the post processing department of my photography, I pretty much just wet mount slide scan my negatives onto an Epson V750 scanner, then do the basic curves, sharpen, and levels adjustments if needed in camera raw. Upon completion, I will usually import the image into Adobe Photoshop CS5 for cropping, removal of dust and spots, and removal of anything else that does not float my boat. My development as a photographer and the style I have come to grasp is due in large part to my teacher Joseph Mougel, who has pushed my conceptual thinking to a greater level of success. He has played a vital role in how I came to be where I am now. Due to the fact that I mostly just drive around town between 2 – 5 am and shoot random objects that capture my attention, there is not really much of a mood other than isolation with a hint of peacefulness sprinkled in that I want to convey in my work. Sure, I am a fan of taking sunny, cheery portraits as well, but I guess from my past as being the quiet kid in the back of the room, it has trained me to rely on only myself and in turn, convey it through objects that are not known for their prettiness. I am sorry if I tend to ramble on when I talk, its a tick of mine!