• US@UO: Clint Colbert

    Our US@UO Artist Series Candles are a one-of-a-kind collection of candles for your home, adorned with photography from UO’s very own in-house creative team. We talked with each artist about their creative practice and the image they submitted for the series. 

    Born in a small town just south of Nashville, Tennessee, US@UO artist Clint Colbert documents his surroundings by composing shapes, light and color so to create a mood mood that’s completely separate from the original subject matter.
    Photos by Colin Kerrigan 

    Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your background? 
    My name is Clint Colbert. Im from a small southern town in Tennessee south of Nashville, but currently live in the Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia with my girlfriend and our dog Snacks. Other that photography Im really into cycling and traveling. 
    How long have you been working for UO? What do you do here?
    I worked as a freelance women's appeal photographer for a year and have been a full time women's accessories photographer for 2 years now. I currently shoot shoes, bags, still life editorials and everything in between. 

    Did you study photography in school? Where did you go to school? 
    Yes, I went to this small art school in Nashville called Nossi College of Art. 
    When did you get your first camera? What kind of camera was it? 
    I got my first camera junior year of high school instead of a class ring so I could photograph my friends skateboarding. It was a little digital point and shoot Fujifilm.  

    What sorts of things are you drawn to when you’re taking a photo?
    I’d have to say bright colors, kitschy décor and americana vibes
    Is there a philosophy or worldview that runs throughout your work?
    I guess I try to document and capture my surroundings by composing shapes, light and color so the mood created in the photos becomes almost completely separate from the original subject matter.
    What are your goals for the future when it comes to your photography practice? 
    I've been working on a series from the Jersey Shore for sometime now. I’ll probably just keep working at that and see what happens. Hope to make a book one of these days. 

    Can you tell us about the photo you submitted for the US@UO Artist Series candle? Where was the image captured? 
    The photo was taken in the entrance of a bar in Nashville. The neon lights lead you downstairs to this old smoke billiards.
    What advice would you give an aspiring photographer who’s just starting out?  
    Photograph what you like.

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