Zak Collins is a photographer based in Charleston, South Carolina specializing in contemporary landscape. Zak’s interest in photography developed at an extremely difficult & transformative time in his life, following the losses of his twin son & daughter, both dying during delivery. As a coping mechanism for grief, the medium of photography would become a cathartic center of focus for Collins, eventually giving way to a regained sense of balance. Over time, Zak’s photographic work progressed from field study to career choice. Since 2013, he has spent much of his energy pursuing landscape as subject matter, concentrating on the coastal and wetland regions of the southern United States. Both regions are very diverse with their own distinctive aesthetic; an aesthetic that is mysterious and complex, characteristics he attempts to convey in his photographs. Compositionally, Zak maintains a reductionist approach, stripping the nonessential elements for maximum effect. He employs certain design techniques to divert the viewer’s attention to the “main” subject of the photograph, resulting in a composition that is strong and ambiguous. In the field, Zak Collins is not simply looking for an interesting subject, but looking for an interesting photograph. An image that will surpass the subject’s obviousness.
Artist: Zak Collins