Photographer Spotlight: Jonathan Brooks

Self-portrait. Photo © Jonathan Brooks

March 17, 2015 /Photography News/ World Photography Network is very pleased to announce its popular segment: "Photographer Spotlight.” In this part of their newsletter they will be interviewing various fellow photographers and learning more about what motivates them, what their goals are and what direction they wish to take with their art. 

This issue's "spotlight" is on photographer Jonathan Brooks.

World Photography Network (WPN): Why have you chosen photography as your method of expression?
Jonathan Brooks (JB): I have always had a passion for art, and I used to love to sketch. Unfortunately, after two and a half years of rigorous and arduous architecture classes, I became discouraged with drawing. I quickly developed an aversion to sketching. Photography soon became my main form of artistic expression. I personally believe photography is our most powerful means of communication.

Photo © Jonathan Brooks
WPN: What best describes your particular style of photography?
JB: I would consider my style “Conceptual,” because I always like to have a hand in the final image. It doesn't matter if I'm shooting landscape, fashion, portrait, documentary or any type of photography.

WPN: Who or what do you consider your major influences?
JB: I was obsessed with the ads and photo spreads in Vogue magazines and Time Life books. I've always loved the American fashion photographer, Herb Ritts, and I consider him to be my photography idol. His images have really had a profound influence on my work, especially in my portraits and nature shots. His compositions, lighting, and use of black & white film really made his work a cut above.

Photo © Jonathan Brooks
WPN: What do you wish to achieve with your photography? Are there any particular messages or thoughts you wish to convey?
JB: I want to create beautiful, memorable, and thought-provoking images that are timeless. Since the passing of my father, death and mortality have been a prominent theme in my work. By combining still life aspects into my portraiture photography, I explore the juxtaposition of life and death through the contrast of the skull and a living subject.

WPN: What are your most recent accomplishments?
JB: My art has been featured on one of the largest (25-story-tall) billboards in Times Square, New York City. My image, “Love Floats” won the Talenthouse Creative Invite: “Photograph your Perfect Moment of Love.” It was then featured on the popular German primetime show “Nur die Liebe zählt” (Only Love Counts). I was a “Top Ten” Finalist in Digital Photo Pro and HD Video Pro magazine's “7th Annual Emerging Pro Still & Motion Competition.” One of my images, “Over the Rainbow,” received “Photo of the Year 2014” at the inaugural Miami Photo Salon during Miami's prestigious art week. My “SKULL” Series is scheduled to be featured on an upcoming episode of the CW Network's hugely popular award winning series “The Vampire Diaries.” 

Photo © Jonathan Brooks

WPN: What are your plans for future projects?
JB: I will continue to expand as an artist and to gain more exposure for my work. Upon receiving my awards from HD Video Pro and Digital Photo Pro magazines, I was able to complete my first short film “5 SKULLS” using a (then yet to be introduced to the market) RED EPIC camera. This opportunity allowed me to apply my photography aesthetics to cinematography, and through this experience I have a new-found appreciation for motion. I would like to finish a longer director’s cut of my experimental film and possibly explore more in motion. I would also like to incorporate my photography into mixed media and installation work.


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