Jeg har længe fulgt den unge fotograf, Brooke Shaden, der fortæller en masse historier gennem sine fantastisk flotte billeder. Hendes billeder får et næsten magisk look, når hun har færdig manipuleret sine billeder. Brooke har været så venlig, at indvillige i et interview, og jeg siger mange tak for hun ville besvare mine spørgsmål.
1. Tell me about you.
I have always been fascinated by fairytales and dark art. I started out writing a lot of stories down, and they always had a certain visual style despite not being a visual medium. I transitioned into filmmaking, which is what I studied in college alongside English literature, and it was only after graduating from college that I picked up a still camera for the first time.
2. When did you start photographing?
I first started taking pictures in December 2008. Shortly after picking up my camera I defined a style for myself based on what I have always loved: dark art. I continued to shoot as a hobby for some time, focusing on self-portraiture and shooting in my apartment until I became comfortable to shoot elsewhere.
3. What type of equipment do you use?
I currently use a Canon 5d mkii and a Zeiss 50mm lens. When I started out I used a Nikon D80 which I had for two years.
4. How much do you manipulate your photos and which programs do you use?
I always create photographically to begin with, so the images I am editing in Photoshop are mostly shot at the same time, on the same location, under the same circumstances. I use Photoshop to edit my images, but my editing process is quite simplistic.
5. What photographers inspire you?
I love the cinematic work of Gregory Crewdson and really enjoy the works of Jamie Baldridge as well.
6. Among your works, which one is your favourite?
Oh that is hard to say! It is always changing. I think right now, it would be a piece titled “Character Untold”. I love that it is a self-portrait incorporating story very literally. It combines what I love about photography visually with what I love conceptually.
7. Which is your favourite lens?
My 50mm Zeiss manual focus prime lens.
8. Among the gadgets that you own, is there something that you wish you hadn’t bought?
I own hardly anything at all, so I really do need everything I have! I use a 3 Legged Thing tripod which I love, a wireless remote, a camera, and a lens.
9. How do you educate yourself to take better pictures?
I fail all the time. I believe it is in my best interest to look as silly as possible, as often as possible. When I put myself out there and try new things, I learn the most valuable lessons.
10. What is the one thing you wish you knew when you started taking photos?
That to be a professional of anything at all, your passion is just as important as the work you produce.
11. What do you want your viewers to take away from your work?
That to dream is to life a full life.
12. How is an average day for you?
I love waking up with the sunrise, drinking tea and meditating. I answer emails in the morning and take care of admin things, since I am most productive during the morning hours. I often plan photo shoots during that time, as well as work on upcoming projects. I usually take the evenings to shoot and edit.
13. What makes the good picture stand out from the average?
A beautiful story.
14. Do you have a top secret photography tip you want to share?
Hehe! I don’t have any secrets I’m pretty sure. My advice, though, is to think first, then shoot. Think about your message, your story, or what you want people to get out of looking at the finished product. This always helps me tremendously in putting together a more meaningful image.
15. How can people follow your work?
My website: www.brookeshaden.com
My blog: www.promotingpassion.com
My facebook: www.facebook.com/brookeshadenphotography