James Miille is a talented 21-year-old self-taught photographer and artist, who was born in California and currently based in New York. Miille focuses on conceptual and surreal portraiture, his work delves into childhood memories and surreal fantasties. James’ images are much, much more than the magic of Photoshop wrought upon unsuspecting models. In many regards, James is just as much of a director or a painter or a choreographer as he is a photographer.
When I was a kid, I used to always draw these different worlds, much like my photography today—absorbing the world around me, processing it through my brain, and creating something new. When I moved to New York City in 2013, I grew up very quickly–perhaps a little too quickly. Through these images I make, I seek to bring my childhood back to life while also exploring what it means to be an adult. Along the way, I’ve learned that the world isn’t exactly what I’ve expected it to be. Although my artwork doesn’t magically make any problems go away, it’s taught me to make my future stronger.
James Miille shoots a lot of self-portraits.