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.
About the Author
Rebecca became staff writer at It’s Nice That in March 2016 before leaving the company at the end of 2017. Before joining the company full time she worked with us on a freelance basis many times, as well as stints at Macmillan Publishers, D&AD, Dazed and frieze.