Eric Mueller is an emerging fine art photographer based in Minneapolis. After a 20-year career as an advertising producer, Mueller rediscovered his love of photography through Instagram, and quit his job in 2014 to pursue photography full time. He is currently working on a photo-a-day project, "366 Things I Love."
Before he was a producer, Mueller was a filmmaker. In the early 90s he wrote and directed several short films and one feature, which played at festivals worldwide (including Sundance, Rotterdam, and London). His feature, "World and Time Enough," won best picture at the San Francisco Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (Frameline), and was distributed theatrically and on DVD by Strand Releasing.
As a filmmaker, Mueller received grants and fellowships from the Bush Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Film Institute, Film in the Cities, and the Jerome Foundation.
In 2017 Mueller will be featured in the TPT television series about Minnesota artists, Minnesota Original.
Sometimes the best way to make yourself heard in a noisy room isn’t to shout louder than everyone else, but to whisper. That’s what I try to do with my photographs.
Because we receive so much visual stimulation every day, I believe an image can have the most impact when it conveys a universal scene in the simplest terms possible. I use an economy of visual language to create relatable photographs by stripping away unnecessary components and reducing the image to its essential elements.
It is through this process of reduction and simplification that these important details can sing out, and allow the image to make itself "heard." Whether I photograph nature or the built environment, I believe in presenting a world that is slightly more perfect than reality: a world that inspires me, and a world I aspire to live within.