Sims pop-up art show features Arkansas landscape scenes

November 11-17, 2019

By Angelita Faller


Brad Sims, who has worked as the media and online instruction specialist for the College of Education and Health Professions for a decade, is also a landscape photographer specializing in Arkansas scenes.


“Most of my photos have been taken in Arkansas, and I am focusing on showing off places in Arkansas that that typically don’t get shown off,” Sims said. “From this show, I want people to see that Arkansas has a great deal of really unique views that don’t get enough attention. Those can be everything from hidden waterfalls in the Ozarks to the way the fog rests on the Arkansas River to really tiny, intimate views of the ground in your backyard.”


Pop-up shows, which are often held in smaller, non-traditional spaces, give young and nontraditional artists the opportunity to get more exposure. Sims’ show debuted on Friday, Nov. 1, at South Main Creative, 1600 Main St., Little Rock. 


His show contains images of the fog rising over the Arkansas River, cityscapes of Little Rock, and images that he’s dubbed “Tiny Landscapes,” also the name of his show.


“I think the idea of people not looking losely at things that pass them by is interesting,” Sims said. “Tiny landscapes occur when I get really close and low to the ground. They are mostly pictures of moss or small rivulets of water. Whenever I take closeup photos, they usually look like larger landscape. I take tiny landscapes whenever I see interesting, weird scenes in nature.”


Sims graduated from UA Little Rock with a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts in 2000 and a master’s degree in professional and technical writing in 2013. While he’s always seen himself as a “photo enthusiast,” it’s only been in recent years that Sims has focused on his habit of taking tiny landscaping photos. 


“I’ve gotten really serious about photography in the past three years,” Sims said. “I’ve been making more choices and being more mindful of the pictures I take. In landscape photos, you usually see iconic views of these epic, iconic locations that are well known, but I’ve really gotten into the idea of taking smaller, one-of-a-kind photos that are more intimate spaces taken all around Arkansas.”


“Tiny Landscapes” will be open through Nov. 30. South Main Creative is open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.


Source: UA Little Rock Communications 




A tiny landscape image taken by Brad Sims at Petit Jean State Park. (Photo courtesy of UA Little Rock)