Brian Merriam (b.1982) is a photographer from upstate New York. After completing a BFA in video art at Syracuse University he has spent the last 10 years living in Brooklyn, New York. He has no formal training in photography, instead coming to the art form as a means to document his search for nowhere, both inside and out. In his work, landscape, color and figure serve as both subject and metaphor, while aiming to evoke feelings of melancholy and longing.
I’m Nowhere is more or less the chronicle of a lost year. It wasn’t a project I set out to make. It more or less made itself, I just happened to be holding the camera. In short, it’s collection of thinly veiled metaphors meant to describe the feelings of abject loneliness and desperation that followed the demise of a long relationship, and the series of meandering introspective journeys that followed. My head was in a fog. I was leaving town as much as possible, and shooting all the while, but my emotions were too raw at the time to give any photos more than a single look after they had been processed. Once my life had settled down and I could look back over the previous year or so without being hit with an overwhelming wave of anxiety, I began to see the threads that tied it all together. The result is what you see here. I’m Nowhere.
To view more of Brian’s work, please visit his website.