Bill Mueller
 
Bill Mueller strives to capture the contrasting beauty of his world in his images. 

He disagrees with those who believe a photograph must only depict something negative, ugly, or shocking to have meaning or artistic merit. 

"Finding something beautiful in a subject in contrast with the initial appearance of a lack of beauty can evoke strong emotions.  Sometimes truly capturing the natural beauty of a subject, whether it is a nude, a rock formation, or a landscape can create a deep emotion."

"This can be social criticism as valid or more valid than the masses of banal reportage or contemporary pieces where a photographer manipulates their image just to manipulate their image."

  Even so, Bill's exhibit Adaptations of Bipedal Symbolism is contemporary and expresses a wide array of social criticism concerning photography and our world; past, present, and future. 

Contrast and tension in nature
Natural beauty for Bill takes on many forms; a thunderstorm, a rock formation, or the curves of a woman.  His art is not just nature photography - many of his pieces are filled with images creating emotions which pull the viewer in contrasting directions. 

For example, Double Double appears to be just a photograph of lightning striking a pair of windmills.  Bill worked for four months to create the image; waiting for everything, including the wind, to be in the correct composition.

It all came together to create an image which contrasts a variety of emotions.

The feel of a soft gentle, summer breeze turning the mill to provide water slowly and steadily to the land.
The violent rage of a summer thunderstorm, quickly sweeping through the night with torrents of rain that makes the earth blossom. 
The bright, instantaneous light from the thunderbolt contrasted to the black sky enveloping the prairie. 

The beauty of nature and the invasion of man

The violence of the storm and the subtle beauty it will create.  Nature's retaliation against man. 
But to the casual observer, it is just another windmill picture!


A wide range of images
Bill is known for his subtle and tasteful nude portraits, bodyscapes, and figure studies.  However, he has also won awards in state-wide competitions with his wildlife and nature photography. 

Bill was born and raised in the small town of Eastland in North-central Texas.  His father was an avid sportsman and hunter, so Bill's exposure to nature and the outdoors began when he was very young. 

His childhood interest in paleontology and science eventually lead to a Doctorate degree in Geoscience. Today Bill spends as much time as possible outdoors, even creating his figure studies and bodyscapes outdoors. 

"I'm not exactly a fair weather photographer," he laughs.  "I'm as happy to be out photographing in the ice and snow of winter or in a summer thunderstorm, as to be out photographing in nice weather."Photographing what he loves often requires him to spend time in the Big Bend of Texas, the gullies and canyons along the caprock of the Llano Estacado, the desert Southwest, and the Rocky Mountains. 

"Photograph what you know and love; and you will create good photographs" is a philosophy that Bill tries to practice. 

Bill works to continually improve his work by experimenting on his own, learning from colleagues, and continuous study.   Bill believes that one can learn from other photographers even if the other photographer's personal style of photography or subjects is radically different from one's own. 

Published work
Bill has been published by over a dozen different magazines and books.  He had two books, that he made almost all of the photographs for, released in the spring of 2003. 

His works have been exhibited throughout Texas, much of the U.S.A., Europe, and in Asia.  He also has artwork hanging in corporate and private collections across America and in Europe. 

Bill's photography reflects the wide variety of interests in his life.  Bill is always thinking and looking for an inspiring image; whether he is "hunting" wildlife with his camera, being inspired by a woman, excavating prehistoric reptiles, prospecting for gold, or just sitting on a cliff enjoying the view.
 


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