logan zillmer photography

I am a conceptual photographer from the Midwest. Everything on here is my own original work.

Anonymous asked: how do you stay original and unique in your work? i often find myself struggling with my photography because i will come up with a concept and get really excited about it, but then realize that another photographer has a photo very similar to my concept, and i am not sure how to avoid that.

Don’t worry about it. Make it anyway. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve made an image and seen a really similar idea almost immediately after. Who cares.

Originality is always debatable and relative to ones knowledge of art history, but uniqueness is simply acting on your most basic desires as an artist. You should never worry about being different than other artists, worry about being yourself as an artist. Besides, everyone steals. Everyone.

"An artist is completely amoral in that he will rob, beg, borrow, or steal from anybody and everybody to get work done." (William Faulkner)

flippermood asked: moving forward in what aspects?

All. I don’t like to look back. Always move forward.

saratheresephoto asked: How did you manage to stay so inspired, driven and focused through your 365? Literally every photo you published was different and amazingly well done. Sorry if this has been asked before.

Thank you! That’s awesome of you to say. I started the project with a lot of pent up creative energy, mostly from other projects that never materialized. So I was definitely in the right frame of mind to start a project like that. But, as a conceptual photographer, ideas have to be your niche. Ideas are what conceptual photography is based on.
The most important thing I did for the project was to write down and draw out every idea I had, every time. For me, writing an idea down temporarily relieves my brain from having to think about it constantly and allows it to move on or open up to the next idea. (Also, I have ADHD so if I don’t write shit down, it rarely finds it’s way back.)
So, I have notepads full of ideas from the project. I actually still have a lot of ideas I came up with during the 365 that I haven’t shot yet.
Writing down ideas, no matter how seemingly trivial, has always been something that I do. Whether it was for a piece of writing I was working on or a film I wanted to make. I think doing that keeps your engine healthy. It’s like anything; if you practice it, you train yourself to keep doing it. So if your constantly writing down ideas, you are training your mind to take heed of ideas.

Anonymous asked: your work is great! have you ever thought about starting another 365/52weeks sometime in the future? your 365 was amazing. I have such a hard time coming up with an idea every week for a photo, but you somehow managed to come up with a brilliant idea every single day for a year. wow. just wow. amazing. keep it up!

Thank you!! I’ll never do a 365 ever again, haha. It was a great project to find myself as an artist and create a process, but it’s pure insanity. I have thought about doing a 52 week project. But I’m not having trouble staying productive so it’s not something I am dying to do, haha.
I just want to keep moving forward.

Cowpuncher - Pursuit of a Horse Theif
This is the first image in a small series I shot recently. My goal for this series was to represent the oft improperly or unrecognized female ‘cowpuncher’ of the late 19th century in the West. 
The model is the amazing Jill Schellenberg and her beautiful and rowdy horse Murphy. She answered my request for a female that could ride a horse at full gallop. She fit the role perfectly and did an amazing job. She also played a huge role in helping me gather the appropriate wardrobe. This was one of the most fun and exciting shoots I have ever done. The actual shoot was my favorite so far this year. It took a lot of planning, and I’m happy with this first shot. There should be two more. Hopefully this won’t be the last collaboration we do.
Big thanks to my assistants, Briana Clonan and Colin Russell for coming out and lending their services. 
I should have some bts shots from this shoot on my Facebook and Tumblr soon.

Cowpuncher - Pursuit of a Horse Theif

This is the first image in a small series I shot recently. My goal for this series was to represent the oft improperly or unrecognized female ‘cowpuncher’ of the late 19th century in the West. 

The model is the amazing Jill Schellenberg and her beautiful and rowdy horse Murphy. She answered my request for a female that could ride a horse at full gallop. She fit the role perfectly and did an amazing job. She also played a huge role in helping me gather the appropriate wardrobe. This was one of the most fun and exciting shoots I have ever done. The actual shoot was my favorite so far this year. It took a lot of planning, and I’m happy with this first shot. There should be two more. Hopefully this won’t be the last collaboration we do.

Big thanks to my assistants, Briana Clonan and Colin Russell for coming out and lending their services. 

I should have some bts shots from this shoot on my Facebook and Tumblr soon.

thetenaciouskangaroo asked: Amazing work. Honestly, im very moved by your art

Thank you! That’s awesome.

Untitled (Spur Series no. 3)
Here is another for the Spur series. I shot this a while ago but haven’t had time to edit it. 
Big thanks to my friend Kyle who got up at the crack of dawn to come down to the beach with me to shoot this. 
I had a real desire to complete this image right now. On the 25th, my wife and I were blessed with twins; two amazing and beautiful, healthy girls. A lot of people see that as the beginning of the end of one’s artistic life and a cue to enter that comfortable passionless domesticated world. I see it as the opposite, an inspiration to create more and better art. A spur to keep going. 
I’ve got one more image in the Architect At Large series and then I will start posting more personal work. 

Untitled (Spur Series no. 3)

Here is another for the Spur series. I shot this a while ago but haven’t had time to edit it. 

Big thanks to my friend Kyle who got up at the crack of dawn to come down to the beach with me to shoot this. 

I had a real desire to complete this image right now. On the 25th, my wife and I were blessed with twins; two amazing and beautiful, healthy girls. A lot of people see that as the beginning of the end of one’s artistic life and a cue to enter that comfortable passionless domesticated world. I see it as the opposite, an inspiration to create more and better art. A spur to keep going. 

I’ve got one more image in the Architect At Large series and then I will start posting more personal work.