Grant Gill

Grant Gill is an emerging artist based in Milwaukee, WI, and is a Contributing Writer for LENSCRATCH. He completed a BFA in photography from the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design. He is a part of the New Directions series at the Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography, and has exhibited both locally and nationally. Grant’s convictions in magic have followed him to adulthood, becoming the cornerstone to most of his work. Using photography, his stories reveal the fragile states of reality, and embrace the onset of happenings. Grant’s focus includes unexplained phenomena, illusion, and the malleable nature of time. Today we share his series, The Recondite.


untitled (fire lore), 2013


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The Recondite

Consoled by these images, I move past the mundane, physical world. In doing so, ethereal landscapes, tenuous happenings, and visual metaphors are created, enforcing the idea that reality is not linear. This series of phenomena considers concepts of the magical and perceptual, and feeds into my questions on existence.

These events are the recondite — not of ordinary understanding.

Each image is an attempt at answering the purposed questions of permanence, in which I find to be far greater than myself. I feel these answers will never fully surface. Of my own certainty, these phenomena give reason, and find content in illusion.


untitled (shed), 2013


untitled, 2013


untitled (portals), 2014


untitled (trine), 2013


untitled, 2013


untitled (gypsy glass), 2013


untitled, 2012


untitled (a subtile divide), 2012


untitled, (the contents), 2013


untitled, 2012


untitled, 2013


untitled, 2013


untitled (geist), 2012

To view more of Grant’s work please visit his website.

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