James Reeder lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He has been included in dozens of exhibitions in New York and beyond including Storefront Gallery, Brooklyn; NURTUREArt, Brooklyn; Airplane Gallery, Tokyo and Brooklyn, Projective City in Paris, France; Mixed Greens and Lesley Heller Workspace in New York, NY. He also runs an exhibition space in Brooklyn devoted to analog processes.
Why do you photograph on film?
I use film and the darkroom not just because I love and want to preserve the medium, but because anticipation is inherent in the analog film process. The latent image that exists on the unprocessed film, and the wait in the darkroom for the image to appear are natural extensions of the theme of anticipation in my work.
What is your work about?
I build and photograph fictional places using drawings as starting point and object in the image, combined with found elements. The locations are informed by the constant stream of image-rich social media of now and that first wave of social media from a century ago, the postcard and are records of a substitution of anticipation for experience. This body of work collects the elements and artifacts from the fictional locations and presents them using tropes of display and archive.