James Elliot Bailey is a Los Angeles based photographer who is super good at what he does. He’s a relatively new Angeleno and has seemed to embrace the city with wide open arms since moving here nearly a year ago. He does a lot of editorial portraits for brands like Paste and NPR but, like all photographers, he is passionate about sharing his more personal work. There’s always a human element to his work and some trace to the beauties of life. They’re all very positive and, funny enough, all are very centered.
Scanning his People and Places album, you find that his subjects flock toward the middle of the photo or draw the eye there and then out. He uses a lot of California landscapes for them, incorporating oceansides and desert landscapes with the same care. They are calming and never confrontational to a viewer: they have a great peacefulness. From a woman literally meditating in the middle of a photo to a little rabbit friend hanging out, there’s always something at the heart of the image.
If you look at this other work too, you find the same things to be true. Of course, balance in photography is very important but this all gets at something bigger: contrast. He has a super great talent for contrasting environments and scenarios that all help his bringing the eye to the middle, pointing to the subject or the biggest descriptor of the subject. He is fantastic at what he does. Take some time and peruse all of his work here.