Terry Border was born October 16, 1965, and has spent the vast majority of his life in the Indianapolis, Indiana area. He graduated from Ball State University with a B.S. in Fine Art Photography in 1988. Then, because he wanted to be practical and not be an artist (he is from Indiana after all), he worked as a commercial photographer for many years photographing the most mind-numbingly, boring s**t you can think of. If he would have worked harder, he could have gone on to photograph more exciting things, but he figures he probably had a very bad attitude about it all.
In 2006 he started what he calls his Bent Objects project, mainly because all the other blog names were already taken. Basically, the project concerns adding wire to ordinary objects to help pose them as living characters, usually telling a story, and then photographing them. For some reason people liked it.
Mr. Border has two books containing collections of his Bent Objects published by Running Press, and is now working on a children’s book for Philomel (a footprint of Penguin Publishing). He has a contract with Universal Publishing to make 2013, and 2014 wall calendars, and supplies American Greetings with various greeting card images. There are also, supposedly, several Bent Objects jigsaw puzzles for sale somewhere in the world, but he has never actually seen one in person.
He has done Bent Object related work for Nextel, and OXO International. Bent Objects have been featured in magazines in the U.S., China, France, Russia, Germany, and Italy, and was the number one “culture” link of the year for the London Telegraph website not long ago.
The late Roger Ebert liked his work and called him “brilliant”, so he’ll always have that mention when he drinks too much or writes about himself on his website.