Glen - © Jessica Miller
Jessica Miller was born in Bangor, Maine in 1977. She began making photographs at a young age, and has always been fascinated with narrative images. She earned a BFA in Photography from the San Francisco Art Institute, as well as a BA in Psychology from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College. Jessica’s work will be featured in the PDN Annual as well as in the Guggenheim Museum’s Stillspotting project. Her work is also housed in the permanent collection at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She is currently enrolled in the MFA program for Photography, Video and Related Media at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. WORK STATEMENT My background in psychology heavily informs my photographic work. I work with portraiture and always find that making a portrait with someone is a psychologically intricate experience. I photograph family, friends, strangers, and sometimes strangers who become friends through this collaborative process. The nuances of gesture, the insecurity that appears when the lens focuses, and the conversations that ensue are always unique in every shoot. Human interaction is a fluid process and one that is endlessly intriguing. Having the opportunity to make a portrait of someone, to have that sitter share their time and their likeness with me, is a privilege. It can be uncomfortable, tense, hilarious or exciting. Whatever the mood is, it is always a surprise. And it in this lack of predictability that I make my best images.