Tom Suhler Fine Art Photography



Artist Statment

My desire to capture motion, emotion, the feeling of a scene constantly occupies my mind and dominate my work. I choose to articulate these subjects with women because I am drawn to them. From their lines and curves to the way they move when they are dancing or just walking down the street. What intrigues me is trying to capture the beauty of those forms and movements. I am amazed at how the slightest change in movement can effect what is communicated. For me photography forges the very best way for me to understand and explore these relationships in an artistic manner.

My ideas are inspired by many different things. The art I see in museums, talking to a friend, observing how shadows fall on someone's face, listening to music, watching a dance performance, day dreaming, I take these ideas to a session, sometimes thoroughly thought out and researched; and other times just half-baked. Sometimes I will want a precise representation of the idea and other times I use the idea merely as a starting point. In either case, as I start to collaborate with the artists I am shooting, I listen to their suggestions and observe how they interpret my ideas. This process allows me to see what works and doesn't and eventually something better than the original thought usually comes out of it.

A big influence on my art has come from my acting studies in recent years. Doing the acting work in a supportive and safe environment impacts the nature of my sets. Creating that same environment on my sets is essential to creating the imagaes I want. The women need to feel safe and relaxed while nude. If there is tension the camera will capture it. A relaxed environment allows them to express emotions in an honest way which is a big part of what I am trying to capture.

My work usually incorporates several dancers. This provides me with the creative freedom to explore more complex themes such as harmony, discord, tension and conflict. This additional element helps make more engaging imagery.

Shows, Awards,

  • Modern Image (China) 2010
  • International Photography Awards (Los Angeles, California) 2010
  • Lexington Art League Nude 2011 (Lexington, Kentucky) 2011
  • Nude Nite Orlando (Orlando, Florida) 2011
  • Nude Nite Tampa (Tampa, Florida) 2011
  • Exposure A Gallery of Fine Art Photography (Santa Fe, New Mexico) 2011
  • Nude Nite Orlando (Orlando, Florida) 2012
  • Nude Nite Tampa (Tampa, Florida) 2012
  • "UnVeiled" Solo Show Exposure Fine Art Gallery & Studio (Austin, Texas) 2012
  • Nude Nite Orlando (Orlando, Florida) 2013
  • Nude Nite Tampa (Tampa, Florida) 2013
  • "UnVeiled" Solo Show 530 Burns Gallery (Sarasota, Florida) 2013
  • (Un)Clothed The Center for Fine Art Photography (Fort Collins, Colorado) 2013
  • "S No. 1" Solo Show Exposure Fine Art Gallery & Studio (Austin, Texas) 2013
  • Nude Nite Orlando (Orlando, Florida) 2014
  • Nude Nite Tampa (Tampa, Florida) 2014
  • Nude Attitude Peoria Art Guild (Peoria, Illinois) 2014


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Bio

My interest for photography started before I hit my teens. I started with my parent's Argus C2 35 mm camera and dad's childhood darkroom equipment. Then other things consumed my life and I only dabbled in photography for many years. In the past several years I find myself more and more drawn to photography and film-making as the best means to express my creative urges.

Tom Suhler Those "other" years were spent on endeavors that have served me well. I've played tennis most of my life and competed in the U.S. and abroad. I've also taught the sport and spent a year in front of the camera hosting a statewide TV show on the subject. There was some time spent modeling for print publications; I've brokered real estate and managed a sales staff for a medical supply firm. And somewhere along in there it seemed like a good idea to learn computer programming (which turned into a software company) and construction (which turned into building my house.)

So what does all this have to do with art. My long and winding road has shown me that you can't know how something works until you get in up to your neck; that no matter what your eyes tell you, you're going to be surprised, and that trust opens doors you weren't sure could ever be opened. I guess my life - and my art - are most closely akin to rock-climbing, another of my pastime passions. Climbing is intimate contact. You can't know the cliff until you get on it, trust the next hand hold, regroup and rethink your moves, see and appreciate that stony face from every conceivable angle. And when you're done, look at it a different way. See if there's another approach to scaling it. And always be open to surprises.

I Support...

I support the American Society of Media Photographers Registration ©ounts initiative. I register all of my photographs with the United States copyright office.

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Telephone: 512.329.5516
Austin, Texas

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