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Bobby Scheidemann Shows Us How Everybody Is Trying

Bobby Scheidemann’s work intrigues his audience with his usage of everyday objects. A native of Texas, Bobby lived in Chicago this past summer and now resides in New York. His work has been shown in Texas, Chicago and the UK. Bobby is one of four artists to be featured in Everyday Always Trying at The Coat Check at David Weinberg Photography. I had the pleasure of learning more about his photography, his creative process, inspirations, and his interesting new project entitled, kitchen_concert.

Sophia Nahli: What drew you to photography as your choice of artistic expression?

Bobby Scheidemann: The immediacy of it was exciting when I first got into it and it was an excuse to go outside and get lost. I’m also a movie nut and I always enjoyed seeing how the scenes are put together in films.

SN: How would you describe your work/your creative process?

BS: My process is like running down the street with a cup of coffee in one hand and a cup of ice water in the other while trying to drink both at the same time. I juggle a lot of ideas in my head so I just go out and shoot pictures. Sometimes I’ll collect objects and sit with them for a bit to figure out why I’m drawn to them and then photograph them. I like to keep busy.

SN: What inspires you as an artist?

BS: Things that currently inspire me are reading Hemingway and Shakespeare, a good meal, space, people watching at parks, feeding squirrels, and traveling.

SN: What inspired your series “Everybody is Trying”?

BS: I was looking to focus on what got me excited about photography in the first place and who I was as an artist creating work. It was a bit of a journey to get the project off the ground. I had finished two projects and was having problems making work because I felt like I was either repeating myself or forcing concepts that didn’t work. I stopped trying to make pictures for a bit and found this book called The Dimension of the Present Moment by Russian immunologist Miroslav Holub. The book is a series of beautifully written essays over a variety of things, such as cellular death, Napoleon’s terrible stomach problem, and trying to calculate what living in the moment is. I found myself really drawn to the book and enjoyed how the subject matter was all over the place. I knew that I wanted to try and create a body of work that was more unstructured and introspective.

SN: How did you select which 3 images would be featured from your series?

BS: The three images [Far Away From Where I Used To Be, Forever and Tomorrow Could Be Yesterday], were actually selected by Matthew. He called me really excited and said he had all the angles worked out so I trusted him.

SN: You talked about your work dealing with memory, moving forward, and nostalgia. What drew you to that concept?

BS: Well I’ve always been interested in how the photograph can function as memory or how it can manipulate memory. I have a bit of a spotty memory so photography has been sort of a remedy, but I also find myself wary of relying on it as a crutch sometimes. In terms of moving forward as a concept the project came together at the end of my college career so I took anything I was still hung up on in the past and everything I knew at that given moment and mashed it all together to hopefully refine it into something. It was sort of a cathartic project for me.

SN: Does all of your work have this reoccurring theme?

BS: I believe so, but without nostalgia.

SN: How does “Everybody is Trying” compliment the exhibition “Everyday Always Trying”.

BS: Well in terms of my title complementing the show’s title I guess they’re very similar. Eerily similar…

SN: How do you want people to react to your work? What do you want them to walk away thinking?

BS: I’d like them to feel like they’re floating somewhere they can’t recognize. I hope they walk away with questions or wanting to wake up early the next day and to do something different or to at least treat themselves to a good breakfast.

SN: What are you goals as an artist? Any new projects you’re working on?

BS: I would like to keep making things for as long as I live. I don’t know what I would do if I weren’t making something. Maybe taking up sailing or starting up archery again? As for new projects, I’m currently working on a collaborative film project called kitchen_concert with my friend Leanna McMillin where we film bands playing concerts in their kitchens. We’re also starting to play with the idea of narrative film shorts. In terms of photography I’ve been shooting everyday for a personal project called Left DownUp Right, while I wait for another idea to pop up.

Discover more of Bobby Scheidemann’s work by visiting his website at See his work in Everyday Always Trying, the first exhibition in The Coat Check project space of David Weinberg Photography on November 2, 5pm – 8pm. The exhibition runs through January 5, 2013.  For more information, visit

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