Tim Foster snaps unusual views of Savannah, typically while hanging from the sides of buildings.
Foster’s day job allows him inaccessible views of the Savannah landscape, which helps to shape his artistic view of the city. Foster has been living and creating in Savannah for almost two decades.
“For The Birds,” on display at Vino Veritas until Jan. 24, represents a selection of his photographs taken from his years documenting the Savannah skyline and the detail inherent in many of its architectural monuments, according to a press release from Sulfur Studios.
The exhibition is presented by Sulfur Art Services, a project of Sulfur Studios, which pairs local artists with local businesses, including the Sentient Bean, Starland Café, and In Vino Veritas. All work is available for purchase via Sulfur’s website.
A closing reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan.17.
Do Savannah interviewed Foster via email last year for another exhibit. Here is the Q&A, which has been edited for clarity and length.
Do: First, just tell me a little bit about what has inspired your individual aesthetic?
Foster: "My individual aesthetics have been most affected by Savannah and its growth as a city over the last 10 years. I love nature and I have a great appreciation for the older architecture of Savannah. I am interested in how the city attempts to integrate more modern building practices along side buildings that are aging and in various stages of renovation. There are many of these building that possess a character of individuality that shows both a uniqueness and a personality that is only intensified when contrasted by their more modern counterparts. But the environment that we have created for ourselves is constantly re-imagined and taken apart by the nature in the South. Plants and the weather that we get in this area ensure that nothing can stay pristine for a long time without feeling the wind depositing dirt and the humid salty air adding a layer to everything to speed its eventual return to sand."
Do: What is your process? Is it more capricious (carry a camera with you until you find a scene you like), or do you plot out a shot before capturing?
Foster: "I carry a camera with me wherever I go. Because of the photo editing technology that we have today almost every photo can be turned into something interesting. I would have to stay that my process starts with perceiving an environment as a whole, the birds eye view if you will. As I circle into focus, I begin to look at more of the macro elements that make these place what they are. How we try to mimic the natural world starts as a base for the subject matter that I look to shoot the most. I ask myself questions like: How is this both integral to the design and the appreciation of the design? What other elements are affected by this design that were not anticipated? And does that remain the same all the way to the imperceivable?"
Do: Does your work outside of photography inspire what you eventually shoot?
Foster: "I would have to say that I am heavily inspired through my work outside of photography. I would not have had the opportunity to go to all of these locations if I had not gotten access through my job. Working in rope access environments requires a certain kind of insurance and an expertise that allowed me to see a world that most people can’t get close to. Fear of heights and hard labor can dissuade many from these areas which are my focus. The solitude that I feel when I am working at times allows me to share a perception with the flora and fauna that call these places home."
Do: Sulfur has grown into this great independent asset for art in this city. What has been your experience working with them?
Foster: I have been working with the people of Sulfur since before they even opened their doors to the public. I have worked with one of the owners (Alexis Perez) on multiple mural projects, and Emily Earl is another photographer I highly respect. She also is the owner of Prismatic Prints, who did the printing for this show. Jennifer Moss is an accomplished fibers artist and a great organizer for many of Sulfurs exhibitions. I love what they have helped to promote in the area. They are constantly trying to reinvent themselves and are always open to offering opportunities for those interested in art to find critique and to improve their skills.