Robbie Brindley

Robbie Brindley is an instant film and medium format photographer primarily working in Arkansas and the Mississippi Delta. His work captures a quietness and simplicity in the atmosphere in the places he loves.

Instagram: @robbiebrindleyphoto

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

I became interested in Polaroid and film photography when I was a teenager. I just couldn't afford nice gear. Polaroid film was cheap at drugstores so I just stuck to that. I eventually found medium format and peel apart film. I've arrived at my current style by just doing what feels right on a medium that I'm familiar with. I just want to keep it as simple as possible. 

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

Where I'm from is everything and in every part of me and my work. I feel much more comfortable on a back road than in any city.


How do you choose your subjects?

I choose my subjects by just doing what feels natural and doesn't feel forced. I'm just doing my best to capture what I find is romantic about the South.

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

My wife and her photography and writing are a major influence. My best friend Annie Gerber and the way she takes photos. Jason Lee and his simplicity in his photography of the Southwestern United States. Matt White and his grace capturing the South.

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

Here in Central Arkansas we have a solid group of people who are interested in the same mediums as me and the same things. I'm happy to have all of these people around. Hot Springs, Arkansas, is a great place to be as an artist.

Where do you go to draw inspiration?

I draw my inspiration from my surroundings and the people living here. The people who work this land, quietly. The people who want nothing more than to live simply and work hard. This has seeped into my work over the years. This is the way I want to live. The land and people give me a feeling. I'm doing my best to study it and live right.

Do you feel creatively satisfied?

I'm never satisfied. I'm not proud of my work, though it is liberating at times. I just work at the next project a little harder and a little different until I have a feeling. I put my work out because I don't know what else to do. It feels right to show it, even if I'm not completely satisfied.

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

Right now I'm working on a project of landscapes of the Arkansas and Mississippi Delta on medium format film. I'll be wondering around this area for the next year. I hope to release it in 2018.