Nolan Warner-Sullivan

Nolan found Aint–Bad last year and has mailed us a couple of zines and printed publications that he has made during his time in school. Sometimes we hate to get mail, and other times we love it. Nolan accompanied his first zine with a sincere handwritten letter that expressed his passion for photography and his interest in reaching a larger audience with his work. While it is clear that Nolan is still learning and evolving as a photographer, we are confident that we are seeing the beginning stages of a young man that will become a talented photographer. Nolan is a prime example of staying focused on your goals and not giving up when things get tough. Nolan reminds me of myself when I was a freshman in photo class. Here’s to Nolan and to never giving up!

Nolan Warner-Sullivan is a photographer currently attending Appalachian State University, pursuing a degree in Studio Art. Having grown up in suburban North Carolina, Warner-Sullivan finds himself drawn to the somewhat banal street scenes and architecture that fill these spaces and he aims to make photographs of these seemingly unimportant moments. Almost always carrying at least one camera, Warner-Sullivan tries to constantly produce work as he marches through each and every day, often shooting from the hip and making photographs of his close friends as well as strangers between classes, at the bar, or on his way to work. Working mostly with 35mm and 120 film has pushed his work in a way that seems deeply personal, as if each photograph and print has gone through a thoughtful editing process in the hopes of building a narrative through his long-form work that feels applicable to an array of points of view while raising questions at the same time. As he continues to make photographic work, Warner-Sullivan hopes to build stronger narratives through images and make work that appears more emotional and vulnerable in the hopes of eliciting strong reactions from the viewers of this work.

Six Credit Hours

During a brief stint in New York City for a summer internship, I sought to shoot as much film as I possibly could. As a suburban-raised kid, the city was a jarring place for me, constant overstimulation drove my photography forward as I’m sure it did for many of the photographers before me. “Six Credit Hours” is the documentation of this city by an outsider trying to find the quiet moments that remind him of home, failing miserably, and being glared often. While this work is inspired by many of my predecessors, I feel that it presents a unique point of view, one of accepted fleetingness, that could have only been captured in the brief moment I was in the city.

To view more of Nolan Warner-Sullivan’s work please visit his website.