I love the work of Gregory Crewdson, and he has probably had the most influence over my creation process because of how deliberate he is. Aside from creating visually stunning pieces of art, he creates very cinematically, often taking weeks to take a single image. I love that method of thinking. I also prefer to focus on idea and then take very few images to achieve the final result. That also probably comes from my background in filmmaking, where you only had a couple takes to get something right
Q. What were the difficulties you encountered first starting fine art photography?
I think that is a hard question to answer, because what naturally occurs with work that is idea based is we gravitate toward certain symbols that are universally recognized to say something about ourselves. I try not to focus on how often certain techniques or symbols are used, but rather to question why the artist is using them and what that says about their art or message.
Q. What do you think are some clichés in fine art photography?
Q. Who are some of your favorite classic photographers, and how did they influence you?
"...the challenge for anyone is getting their name out there..."
Interview by Merry Fields
A good story. What every single image has in common is that they all tell a story, whether it is fantasy or reality based, or otherwise. When an image achieves at making the viewer think further about what might have come before or what might come after, or when it evokes an emotion, I think an image is successful.
Q. What do you think makes a memorable photograph?
Q. What are your thoughts on working on single images versus projects?
I absolutely love a good series, but I find myself getting too distracted when I try. I have create a few series, but most often I work in individual images. That said, most of my works fit together pretty cohesively naturally because I like very specific things. However, this year I'm going to try more of a series approach
When I started my journey I was just creating for fun. I didn't realize that it had a name or that I was going to make a career out of it. When I began to look more seriously into art as a means of income, I researched galleries and image licensing and sent out a lot of emails. I think the challenge for anyone is getting their name out there and convincing people that you are worth taking a chance on. My difficulties stemmed from not knowing who I was enough to convince other people of who I was. Once I wrapped my brain around why I create, it became a much smoother ride
Brooke Shaden is a fine art photographer living and working in Arizona. Her passion lies in creating new worlds through photographs. Her vision extends beyond the realm of the camera, creating images that resemble paintings and speak of an era that is not our own. Each image is a story.