BOLLIN MADISON MILLNER, JR.
I was born in August 1954 and I retired in August 2019. It is great to have more time to take photographs and to learn more about photography in general.
As a teenager, I was interested in photography and used my Grandfather's Kodak Autographic, Jr bellows camera from the 1920s to begin exploring the medium. (You can see a picture of this camera in Gallery 2.) Soon enough, however, I set this interest aside and did not get back to it until many years later. The desire to get involved with photography never left me and from time to time I would borrow a friend's single lens reflex camera to experiment. Finally, in the 1990s I bought my first "serious" camera - a Minolta SLR 35mm film camera. Eventually I embraced the digital revolution and went with a Sony DSLR. I currently shoot with a Sony Alpha 7iii.
I have enjoyed taking several classes at the University of Richmond School of Continuing Education with Tom Veazey. Also, I have taken classes at the Studio School of Virginia Museum of Fine Arts with Regula Franz and with Monica Escamilla. During the pandemic I benefited from taking online courses. I have learned a great deal, and relish learning more each day.
I am pleased to have been included for the past several years in the "Simply Photography" exhibit at Art Works in Richmond, Va. Jurors have included Jeffrey Allison of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. In addition, my photographs have been included in several different shows at the Crossroads Gallery in Richmond, Va.
A solo show of my work, featuring 27 photographs, ran from May 13, 2022 to August 14, 2022 at the Maria V. Howard Arts Center in the Imperial Centre for Arts and Sciences in Rocky Mount, N.C. The exhibit was entitled, "The Hope of Something Better" and Alicyn Wiedrich was the curator. Many of these photographs are in the galleries and it is great that six of the photographs in the show were sold.
I am an active member of the Photographic Society of America as well as the Camera Club of Richmond.
I hope you enjoy the photographs on the "Gallery" links above. I welcome questions and comments so please use the "Contact" link above to be in touch.
There are a variety of reasons why I take the photographs I do. First, there is the subject matter. Subjects that intrigue me include the natural world, especially flowers. I also love to photograph architecture and infrastructure. Where photographing people is concerned, I am drawn to musical performances and to street festivals and scenes.
Second, and regardless of the subject matter, much of what I look for in my photographs are shapes – human made rectangles, squares, circles, arches, as well as spirals, waves, and patterns in nature- that relate to each other in interesting and compelling ways. Reflections are an added bonus and I also love repetition –bricks, windows, steps, railings, petals, seeds, lines of trees, and so on. Finally, I am mesmerized by surfaces, their texture, mass, colors, and the play of light and shadow on them.
Ultimately, in my photographs I am trying to produce a sense of harmony and calm; a small piece of reality that expresses wholeness, where everything works – a world at peace with itself. Even when I photograph parts of the world featuring decay and dissolution, I am struck by the evocative echoes of the past, the beauty that remains, as well as by the possibility of recreation. I am fully aware that life and the world contain many horrors, but generally I am drawn to photograph small pieces of the world where the hope of something better shines through.