Deep Surface 15
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H Hugh Miller is an American photographer from Avon, Connecticut and Bormes-les-Mimosas, France. He has traveled with camera in hand worldwide to more than 40 countries and regions of the world-- from the USSR and Ivory Coast in the 70s, to China and Australia in the mid-90s, and on to Latin America and Antarctica. Over this time he has developed his photographic perspective and portfolio. His work was not shown or offered for sale publicly until 2010 when he launched a website (www.hhughmiller.com), Facebook page (www.facebook.com/h.hugh.miller), and release of a hardcover book of 90 vivid color photos of the sea, Méditerranée. Since then his work has been shown frequently at galleries in the U.S. and France. Collectors own his work in many countries.
Carleton College; Northfield, Minnesota; 1970-1974
the University of Franche-Comte (Knox College); Besancon, France; 1973-1974
2010, H Hugh Miller Mediterranee, Bouganvillea Books (color)
2013, Art Access Gallery; Columbus, Ohio, USA
2013, Galleria Andre; Rome, Italy
2013, Onishi Gallery; New York, New York, USA
2013, Onishi Gallery, Solo Exhibition; New York, New York, USA
2012, Galerie Mediterranee, Solo Exhibition; Bormes les Mimosas, France
2012, Townley Gallery, Solo Exhibition; Laguna Beach, California, USA
2011, Quai d'Honneur; Bormes les Mimosas, France
2011, Musee Arts & Histoire, Solo Exhibition; Bormes les Mimosas, France
2011, Townley Gallery; Laguna Beach California, USA
Art Access Gallery
Fleeting time and place are a challenge to capture and a pleasure to share, especially when presented as very large format fine art.
A photo of mine is successful if the viewer sees something new in a familiar context – and feels a strong aesthetic impact.
Subject, composition and color have equal weight and importance in these photographs. To compare a photograph to music-- subject and composition make the lyrics, color adds the score.
The subject can be anyone or anything which (usually in a natural light) tells a story through position, perspective, contrast and color. I do not use software to materially change the story, although the tone of a photo may be adjusted from time to time.
This work is captured with a full-frame sensor DSLR camera that is my traveling companion.
When I shoot a photo, the goal is to capture the image exactly as it appears to me. My pleasure in photography comes when someone smiles at one of my pictures and says, “I was there but never noticed that!” or “this must be a painting!”
Each series of photographs is unique. The messages and stories they tell are expressed with the help of the media on which they are printed and exhibited. For example, the Méditerranée series is presented both on gold and silver dibond, unframed, as well as archival paper, framed by a Japanese master framer in New York. The Deep Surface series is printed on metallic exhibition paper and bound in plexiglass and a premium backing.
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“(H Hugh) Miller was chosen by Bormes-les-Mimosas to close its summer season of exhibits in 2011 and to share his works … in the center of our (medieval) village. A student of his parents in the arts - his father was a sculptor and his mother a painter – it is through his photography that (he) ‘searches for the unique and unusual in our everyday places”. Empowered by his professional life with frequent travel and sharing his time between the South of France and Connecticut, his lens unveils the eternal but fleeting light and nuance of the Mediterranean Sea, just as it does with flowers, with fish and with landscapes from around the world. This beautiful homage to Nature is presented as big as life in large prints that are as expressive as paintings: each telling a story through its subject, perspective and use of color…” - Marie-Pierre Carniaux; Musee d’Art & Histoire; Bormes les Mimosas, France