Photographer Trevor Nelson’s motto is one of Ferris Bueller’s last lines in the 1986 classic, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around a while, you could miss it.”

Nelson’s photos implore this same attention to detail on the viewer, with each photo creating a surprising duality. His recent work focuses on close-up images of rust or welds on the side of old cars that can also be seen as impressionist landscapes.

“I want people to see the little moments of beauty in every single thing, every single day,” Nelson said. “The sky above you, the ground in front of you, the garbage can that you walk by each day, all have something interesting if you look for it.”

One photo Nelson uses to help describe his unique perspective is one he took after the Bozeman farmers market at Bogart. The shot taken from an ant’s view shows a tiny tomato laying on the sidewalk and a fallen upside-down ice cream cone dripping on the sidewalk with its dried tendrils hanging in disgust because somebody dropped their ice cream.

“I want to bring glory to those un-glorified moments, like the old cars that had their beautiful design back in the day,” Nelson said. “I’m trying to bring forth people’s attention by letting them change their lenses and not look at things so linearly.”

Nelson is a regular vendor at both Bozeman farmers markets where he shows print upon print of brightly colored, blown-up images of old cars. With a little Magic Eye experience, squinting to see the deeper picture, his photos let the viewer’s imagination run wild.

“Some people see forest fires, raging ocean turf, desert mirages and more but they mostly fit into an abstract landscape or an aerial view,” Nelson said. “You can really see those distinct horizontal lines in the picture and that draws any viewer into its environment.”

Each of Nelson’s photos has a story behind it, whether it is the journey to find a hole in the ice at the top of Homestake pass, the family account of a car’s history or of a fictional narrative that involves a very creative mind. Nelson wants to capture the viewer’s consideration long enough for them to come away with a very new perspective.

“As a species we have made so many things and thrown them away, but now time and wheather and basically the earth has taken them back slowly before our eyes in order to make incredible stuff with it,” Nelson said. “But we don’t pay attention because it is already out of our mind. It is like that everywhere, now I’m just trying to show people that live here the beauty they are really living in.”

Ali Everts is an avid art consumer who would love to hear your comments or suggestions. She may be reached at or 582-2632.


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