“My inspiration comes from the world,” Chet B. Simpson says, and in his photographs, that inspiration takes many forms—from images that turn the environment being photographed into an abstract pattern to shots that capture the appearance of the natural world in precise detail. Whether he is taking a close-up shot of a flower in bloom, or is turning his camera toward complex architectural structures, he has a sense of proportion and scale that gives each image a feeling of harmony and powerfully engages the viewer.
A self-taught artist, Simpson uses his mastery of composition and exposure in pictures that bring out each scene’s underlying sense of movement. Printing on both paper and Plexiglass, he expertly employs long exposures, creating soft blurs that give his photographs a shifting sense of texture and add a level of complexity. He also has an innate understanding of how changes in light can alter the way we perceive forms and patterns, often recasting the same scene in several distinctive ways. Simpson lives and works in Middletown, New York.