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Tim Evans is a freelance documentary and editorial photographer based in Minneapolis, MN. He has extensively documented contemporary social and political issues, including the racial justice movement in Minneapolis following the 2020 police murder of George Floyd--a body of work for which he was named the International Photography Awards Emerging Editorial/Press Photographer of the Year as well as a Lucie Awards Discovery of the Year finalist.
Tim's work has been published in The Guardian, The New York Times, Mother Jones, The Nation Magazine, NPR, The Washington Post, MPR News, Atmos Magazine, Vice News, The Intercept, Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, Huck Magazine, and others.
In what ways does nature inspire or inform your work?
As for inspiration, nature contains everything a photographer could possibly seek within it—light, texture, color, complexity, balance, wonder, the cycles of life and death, decay, rebirth, and renewal. When I give myself the chance to slow down and look outward into nature, I perceive all these elements and more, which then becomes a powerful aesthetic and ethical influence on the work I produce. As for a topic of study, the sociological considerations of nature are also a focus of mine; specifically, I’m finding myself increasingly exploring the ways in which some human behavior works to tarnish the natural world and the damaging feedback loops caused by such activities, which undermine our collective well being.
What does it mean to you to be part of a thriving ecosystem?
When I think of being a part of a thriving ecosystem, I think of the degree to which I exist in harmony with both the human and non-human landscapes that encircle me. The people I hold close, the presence of the natural world in my everyday experience, my possessions, my lifestyle choices, how I harness and manifest my creative capacities and personal privileges, etc. They’re all interconnected. As I work to uplift the various ecosystems that choose to exist in, they strength and in turn allow me to thrive. One depends on the other. Pinpointing and pouring my energy into the ecosystems that I want to inhabit also helps me to establish a sense of identity, further grounding me in an often-turbulent world.