Meditations – by Nathanial Schmidt

“My work mostly centers around banality and isolation in the modern world, often in the form of contemporary landscapes.” 

-Nathanial Schmidt

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‘Meditations’ is an ongoing series based around Nathanial’s use of photography as a type of meditation. 

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For me, photography and meditation really go hand in hand because so much of photography, especially in the realm of the landscape and documentary styles, forces the photographer to be very present in any situation.
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This even bleeds over to life when you don’t have the camera with you, but it really trains your brain to look at everything optimistically in a way. You are constantly searching for some beauty in everything that you see.  
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Originally for me, photography was nothing more than just something to do while on a walk, but as time goes on, I am starting to see it more and more as a sort of duty to others. The world today is so hard and scary that it seems like a worth while pursuit to go out and find something completely boring and ordinary and draw attention to that and show how beautiful it is. 
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Nathanial is a self taught fine art film photographer from Milwaukee, WI.  His work mostly centers around banality and isolation in the modern world, often in the form of contemporary landscapes. He is particularly interested in the human made environment, but usually absent of actual humans.
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