Using contemporary digital materials, Bill Young creates carefully composed images that blur the line between painting and photography. Young depicts inanimate objects and landscapes in his altered photography. Each image subtly explores location and detail, as Young’s defined elements combine to reveal domestic minutiae, familiar urban images, and even vast natural scenes. His choice of focus, whether a vibrantly colored door or the reflective fender of a car, celebrates the character in objects that are recognizable in everyday life. At the same time, each image is hardly mundane, a careful mixture of smooth photographic documentation and long, regular artistic strokes adding a play of reality and painterly attention to each piece. Each composition boldly reveals context, some filled by a portion of an object or created through internal frames in which subjects linger simultaneously "inside" and "outside." Other images embrace the expansive nature of their subjects, allowing rock, sky, and water to meet and sweep out infinitely backwards.
Living and working in New Mexico, Young incorporates varied landscapes and the humanity in their details into his works.