In his vivid series Year West, photographer TJ Tambellini allows us to revel in the abstract with beautifully cropped close-ups. On first glance this series is centred on the hyperreal quality of the everyday, but beyond the aesthetics this personal project signifies change for the photographer. “These photos were taken a year after moving to Los Angeles, a pivotal moment where I noticed a shift in style and medium, creating a more sculptural product.”
Capturing pools, tropical plants, shiny plastics and vibrant walls, the images coalesce into a stream of contrasting textures and patterns. The colours are fantastic and everything pops with so much vigour and radiance. With such a defined style, it’s interesting to see TJ adopting this visual language in subsequent projects for instance in his ongoing project, Court Yard.