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Bend it Like Terry

Bend it Like Terry

Bend it Like Terry

I recently happened upon a man, we’ll call him Terry Border for the sake of accuracy, who is doing brilliant things with things and photography.

Visiting Terry’s about page shows that he is a creative with a keen eye for innovative storytelling and the humor of a damn saint. And, from what I hear, saints are basically the jesters of every society so I am very scientific like that and it’s all you need to know about me.

I was especially fond of the following excerpt from his bio:

“Then, because he wanted to be practical and not be an artist (he is from Indiana after all), he worked as a commercial photographer for many years photographing the most mind-numbingly, boring shit you can think of. If he would have worked harder, he could have gone on to photograph more exciting things, but he figures he probably had a very bad attitude about it all.”

Having recently realigned myself creatively and, more pressingly, personally, it was a refreshing sight to see the boldness of such a statement when looking at a man & his equally brilliant work who recognized that, yeah, he could have stuck with something he was doing alright at and would one day be the fucking king of, but wasn’t as creatively fulfilling. He could have very easily done what a lot of us do by “hangin’ in there” for the benefits of a paycheck and success in a specific division of the ecosystem within the world, but why torture himself. Why keep on plugging away at something that was destined to leave him and those around him miserable.

I’ll tell you that I’m glad he chose to toss his balls to the wall and pursue what he’s been up to for the past few years.

Bend it Like Terry

You’ve probably seen his Bent Objects Project all over the internet. If you haven’t, I recommend clicking here to become familiar, ya newb.

Then there’s the case of his remarkable Paint Chips Project (which was the hardest thing to pick only one of to plop here in my mini expos√© of sorts) where he creates storytelling scenery using the names given various paint colors.

I mean…totally one of those damn-I-wish-I’d-thought-of-it-first-and-had-even-a-splinter-the-photographic-talent-he-has kinds of things.

Finally, and by a hefty margin my favorite of the three projects, is his Wiry Limbs, Paper Backs gallery which is a compilation of perfectly personified ‘characters’ based on the context of some of the greatest pieces of literature.

I should mention that he also sells books and I’ve pre-ordered his latest, and first, children’s book, Peanut Butter & Cupcake, with a publication release of July 29th. You can pre-order your own copy because there’s no way I’m sharing mine. It’ll be shocking if I even let my kid touch the thing when it gets here.

I highly recommend exploring Terry’s collections, sharing his talents with the masses, and supporting him with your monies and love. I think he’s earned it.

Also, “the late Roger Ebert liked his work and called him “brilliant”, so he’ll always have that mention when he drinks too much or writes about himself on his website.” and I would never challenge the word of Ebert.


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