Trey Piepmeier

Trey Piepmeier is a film photographer, writer, and web developer.

Instagram: @treypiepmeier

How did your interest in photography begin and how did you arrive at your current style?

I've been moderately interested in photography for most of my life, but it wasn't until someone put a Polaroid camera in my hands about three years ago that I started making photos that I loved. It wasn't the instant photos per se, but that it lead to rediscovering 35mm film and then discovering medium format film.

I often hear about film having a certain "look," and I think there is some truth to that. There's also a cliché about the benefit of "slowing down" that film forces upon you. I also find that to be true. I haven't totally eschewed digital cameras (and hope I never become dogmatic about film vs. digital), but those aforementioned benefits of film have changed the way that I shoot any camera.

I don't know what my current "style" is. It's definitely still evolving, but I do hope that whatever it is is "timeless" to some degree. At least in as much as I hope that I don't hate my photos in a few years.

How do you feel about the relationship of an artist to their city or surroundings?

Photography is a way for me to explore and experience where I live. It’s an excuse to wander around. It’s also an excuse to travel. A reason to wander aimlessly in a new city. I’ve moved around a lot in the last handful of years and having a photographic record of the places I’ve been beyond snapshots with my phone means a lot to me.

How do you choose your subjects?

A lot of my subjects are family and friends. I have, on occasion, tried to do some "street" photography, but I'm too shy to really push into people's space. Based on what I've shared on Southern Glossary, it seems I photograph and lot of landscapes and architecture. I look for interesting light and color. I should take that a little further and add more "gesture."

Who have been some of your biggest influences or your best teachers?

My best teachers are my friends. Kevin O'Mara, Miles Price, and Daniel Warshaw are endless sources of education, technical know-how, and inspiration.

Other than gimmies like Ansel Adams and Annie Leibovitz, there are a few folks I've found on social media that take photos that move and inspire me. To name just a few: Shawn TheodorePatrick JoustAndre D Wagner, and Diego Fabro.

Do you have a creative or artistic peer group in your area that you're a part of?

Not really "local" to the South since I recently moved, but I am part of a film photography community that does on occasion meet in person: NEWLK and NYCWLK.

Where do you go to draw inspiration?

I get excited for travel mainly for the opportunity to photograph new things. I do get a fair amount of inspiration from social media and books, but that doesn't usually translate directly into my work.

Do you feel creatively satisfied?

Does anybody answer "yes" to this? [Yes-Ed.] I feel like photography has given me a way that I can make things that I think don't suck. That's a good feeling, but I know I can always do better.

Tell me about a recent, current, or upcoming project or exhibition.

I've recently moved to Massachusetts, and I'm in the process of getting acquainted with the area and making plans to photograph the things around here that feel foreign to me.