Matthew Earl Williams

M. Earl Williams received a Masters of Fine Arts in Photography and a Masters of Arts in Studio Arts from the University of Iowa. He also received a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Photography at the University of Oregon. Currently, he resides in Oregon where he is teaching at Oregon State University and Linn-Benton College.

His work is exploring how we make meaning out of the world around our existence. The images ask questions like; What is our purpose? What will our future hold? And how are comedy and tragedy connected? The viewer is never expected to find a definitive answer in the work but instead, becomes invested in the “why” and what role that idea may play in our lives.

Where Time Forgot: A Bowlers Guide

It’s about living
It’s about feeling incomplete
It’s about nostalgia
It’s about culture
It’s about joy
It’s about how life flashes before our lives
It’s about sorrow
It’s about what’s hidden under the rug

It’s about fitting in
It’s about getting away
It’s about a journey
It’s about language
It’s about class
It’s about how something clean can leave a stain
It’s about goodbyes
It’s about fiction

It’s about place
It’s about blame
It’s about obsession
It’s about feeling stranded
It’s about itching a scratch
It’s about holding on
It’s about being found
It’s about how we all settle eventually

It’s about desire
It’s about conflict
It’s about you
It’s about me
It’s about future
It’s about community
It’s about failure
It’s about wondering which one of us is next

It’s about the american dream
It’s about right now
It’s about the people we will become
It’s about the search
It’s about routine
It’s about finding
It’s about change
It’s about living

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


Photo Credit : Céline Clanet

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