Austin J. Holmes
phi·los·o·phy / the study of the fundamental nature of knowledge...
back·ground / the circumstances or situation prevailing at a particular time or underlying a particular event.
On December 24, 2006, I was given a Canon Rebel 35mm camera and 20 rolls of Kodak Gold film. I spent the next few months carefully capturing countless moments on film, and from then on I was obsessed with bettering my photography skills and practice. Being inspired by images from a young age, I’ve been intrigued by photography for 15 years now. Growing up about one hour south of Nashville, TN, I’ve always had a passion for documenting what makes Tennessee great. Beyond completing fashion and editorial assignments, I’ve greatly enjoyed documenting state and county fairs, state events and functions, general photojournalism in this great state, and much more.
In 2012 I was awarded the NFIB Young Entrepreneurship Foundation award for my business endeavors through photography. Since that time, I have traveled to 42 different states making photographs and building a reputation in the world of photography and visual arts. In 2014, I decided to pursue a deeper and more intimate understanding with photography by pursuing my undergraduate degree. I graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 2016 with honors, and hold a BS in Photography from the College of Electronic Media Communication.
NFIB Young Entrepreneurship Foundation Award - 2012
Society for Photographic Education Travel Scholarship - 2015
Outstanding Senior in Photography, Middle Tennessee State University - 2015
Lon Nuell Creative Expression Award, 1st Place - 2015
Outstanding Photography Lab Assistant, Middle Tennessee State University - 2016
Paul Hultberg Photojournalism Foundation Award - 2016
Collage - Journal of Creative Expression - Spring 2015
Collage - Journal of Creative Expression - Fall 2016
Shine - a Tribute to Lightyear - Spring 2015
Shine - a Tribute to Lightyear - Fall 2015
Photographer’s Forum - Best of Photography - 2016
Fashion Forward (solo exhibition) - McFarland Gallery, Middle Tennessee State University - 2015
Ordinary People, Extraordinary Artists - Pryor Art Gallery, Columbia, TN - 2015
First Look - Middle Tennessee State University College of EMC - Belcourt Theater - 2016
MTSU Photography Student Show - Baldwin Photographic Gallery - 2016
Documentary Retrospective - McFarland Gallery, Middle Tennessee State University - 2016
Below: Enjoy a brief behind the scenes video of a 2-day fashion campaign, Beauty in the Ruins. Models, other creatives, and resources for this shoot came from five different states.