Special Interview With Brooke Shaden
We are so excited to interview one of the most inspiring Artistic photographers of the social media, with enormous number of fans and followers from all around the globe.
Brooke Shaden began creating self-portraits for ease and to have full control over the images, and has since grown into a self-portrait artist. Self portraiture for her is not autobiographical in nature. Instead, she attempts to place herself within worlds she wishes we could live in, where secrets float out in the open, where the impossible becomes possible.
Brooke works to create new worlds within her photographic frame. By using painterly techniques as well as the square format, traditional photographic properties are replaced by otherworldly elements. Brooke’s photography questions the definition of what it means to be alive.
Hello Brook, It’s such an honored, Please introduce yourself to our readers,
Hello! Thank you for including me in this issue of Lens Magazine, I am so thrilled! I am a fine art photographer, writer, and motivational speaker who is in love with the idea of inspiring others and myself by giving back.
What is your background in photography? Did you go to school to study photography?
I went to school to study filmmaking and English. I had never considered a career, or even hobby, in photography. I loved writing all my life, and when I took a digital filmmaking class in high school, I fell in love with a visual way of bringing my stories to life. After college though, I immediately picked up a still camera and realized I could still tell stories with a single frame, but this way I had more control over what the outcome was.
In your work we can see a lot of editing, post processing, how did you develop this artistic style?
When I was younger and I started writing stories, I could always imagine them in a certain way, with a specific visual style. When I started making films, though I was limited at the time by my tools and knowledge of what was possible, I tried to make them look like my pictures do now. I wish I could show you the film I made in school, it is like a string of my current pictures put together! So, I’ve always had a specific way of seeing the world and conjuring up my imagination, and that is how my images look. They are heavily edited in some cases, but they are mostly just extreme changes of color with basic composting techniques.
Give three words that describe your photographic style? How do you develop your own style?
Storytelling. Whimsical. Dark. I think those three words really inform a lot of what I do, and if I am ever lacking inspiration those visual cues are where I start to create a sense of an image. I have always been oddly fascinated with dark stories and see the world that way too – as being dark yet beautiful. When I came to realize that was a bit of a different way of seeing things, I started to create more and more with that eye.
What is your current gear?
Sony a7r, Zeiss lenses (50mm, 25mm and occasionally an 85mm), 3 Legged Thing tripod, Spider Holster for handheld shooting, and a dash of imagination :)
If you had to choose one lens which one would it be and why?
Undoubtedly the Zeiss 50mm. It is constantly attached to my camera and it totally represents how I see the world.