Brooke Shaden is an American photographer. She grew up near an Amish community until she started college. She attended Temple University and her career in the field of photography began in 2008 after graduating. She lives in Arizona, with her husband and three cats. The artist began working self-portraits, allowing her to have control over the themes and images. For her, self-portraits capture not a biography, but a tool to be transported to imaginary worlds where anything is possible and would like to live, where secrets are revealed and fantasy becomes the protagonist.
For Brooke Shaden, photography is more than an expression: it is a way of life. She uses strong colors in objects, clothing, costumes and details with contrasting backgrounds and landscapes, where the sepia tones play an important role as it implies that what is observed is a parallel universe in which she gives us a key to enter. Brooke Shaden and her distinctive style invites us to enter into the depths of her mind.
In her series, Brooke Shaden uses floating elements, exterior colors dreamy landscapes and fantastic stories to tell. She that her photos resemble like paintings. The movement is a key element in her work, since all the parts of the composition manage to tell a story through change. The passionate vision of Brooke Shaden takes the dreamer who lives in the viewer, and invite his imaginations to soar. With this, she makes all of us create our own history immersed in her world.
Source and images: © BROOKE SHADEN
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