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.



Issue No.13 – Call For Entry!


Small Talk Collective
Womens Photography Collective
Small Talk Collective
Portland, Oregon


Aint–Bad No. 13 Call For Entry is officially open! We are teaming up with a new group of guest curators and editors from all over to collaborate on a publication that seeks the best contemporary photography being made today! Learn more about each of these talented curators and submit today!

Small Talk is a photography collective comprised of seven women: Audra Osborne, Briana Cerezo, Jennifer Timmer Trail, Kelli Pennington, Kristina Hruska, Leslie Hickey, and Marico Fayre. As a group, we explore the nature of what it means to be a visual storyteller, pool resources, provide support and critique, and facilitate community events and discussions. We engage in the best kind of "small talk," that which binds us together both as a collective and within a larger community of women and minority artists, fostering stronger work and collaboration. Our first book, We're Always Touching by Underground Wires, was published in April 2018.

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