by Marianne Wilson Stein
Bill was a navy brat, grew up in the south, then joined the navy and traveled the world. Since 2000 he has called Portland home and a beautiful place to live. He told me this is the longest he has ever stayed put.
As we were discussing his life, Bill told me that he works with disabled Veterans and he has heard so many heart wrenching stories. I also asked him about his favorite movies, he loves Johnny Depp films, Lemony Snicket - A Series of Unfortunate Events. He also loves Steampunk themed movies. His experience with the disabled and his sense of style are truly reflected in his art. Bill captures so much brooding emotion in each photo, melodramatic and escapist. I once told Bill that his photos have a lovely haunting quality. He is the master of capturing the juxtaposition of light and shadow.
When viewing Bill’s photography you notice that he is capturing a unique perspective – influenced by angles most people don’t think of. He told me that he loves shooting clouds because they are in constant change. He definitely has an eye for the dramatic sky. Sometimes he gets so engrossed in shooting that he doesn’t even notice the details in his photos until he looks at them on his computer.
His five-year plan? He is not looking that far out; wherever the camera leads him is where you can find him.
See more of Bill's work online, or stop by Artistic Portland.