LUXLIT WEEKLY FEATURED ARTIST
Postmodern vanguard. Brad Sloan’s photography (http://wbsloan.tumblr.com/) seems to us to be one of the most interesting works of photographic creation/evolution. Many of his photos have such an imagination and at the same time such visual strength—not easy to find. When his work is more daring is when it seems that Brad captures the best of his photography. This does not mean that his more “traditional” works lacks interest at all because they are the foundation for reaching these new approaches to photography. All his images exhibit strong visuals, a mastery of composition and visual language, with a direct conceptualism that causes an abstraction of the image. It is the language of modernity deconstructed to create images that, in some cases, are “neo surrealistic”. Some of his other photographs play with the concepts of geometry and dimension in the manner of M.C. Escher, but they evolve the modern world giving places and spaces a new cultural identity. Another interesting point is the volume—the “spatial extent” that many of his images make us feel. His black and white work is excellent. Especially noteworthy is the tonal range achieved, sometimes with successful high-contrast images, but also in many others with a beautiful and balanced contrast—the result of photographic know-how. An interesting thing to note about his color work is that there is a marked influence of black and white which is translated occasionally in bluish and grey tones of great beauty, or he directly addresses cyanotyping, constructing a perfect blend between tradition and vanguard. If you want to discover some of the approaches of photography that are coming we recommend you visit his blog: (http://wbsloan.tumblr.com/)
I am a self-taught photographer living in Springfield, Oregon with a wife and two children. Graduated from the University of Oregon in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism focusing on electronic media, I am currently a Production Manager at a local ABC affiliate TV station. I take pictures for my own enjoyment and license some of my work through Getty Images. I am also currently a Black and White editor here on Tumblr.
LUX LIT: What subjects do you like to shoot?
Brad Sloan response: I like to shoot anything that strikes my eye but especially buildings and landscapes with strong leading lines.
L: Color or B/W and why?
B: Primarily, I like to work in black and white. Working with all the different shades and tones is enjoyable. Also, I find that color sometimes gets in the way of the image I’m going for. This isn’t the cast all the time. I like color too when it’s called for. And sometimes, I like the same image both ways for different reasons.
L: Your inspiration is?
B: I’m a pretty simple guy. I don’t really dig deep in to inspiration or meanings to the way that I present things. I take pictures of things I like and process them until the look the way I want them to look. That’s it.
L: Tell us a little bit about your creative process
B: Like I said before, I keep it simple. Point and shoot. Click, click, click and upload.
L: What gear do you use and what´s your preferred equipment?
B: I’m currently shooting on a Canon 50D with various lenses, nothing too high end. I’m not much of a gear head. As far as I’m concerned, you can take good pictures with just about anything that will hold an image. So, I prefer whatever I have with me. Sometimes it’s my DSLR, and sometimes it’s my iPhone. It’s all relative if you want to take a picture but don’t have a camera with you.
L: How do you develop your photos (digital/film/software used)?
B: I currently process my photos using Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud. Up until recently, I was using CS5. I use a variety of third party plug in suites such as Nik Software’s Color Efex Pro and Silver Efex Pro. Also, I use onOne Software’s Perfect Effects and Phototools for certain filters.
L: What would you like to convey with your photos?
B: Nothing. Everybody can interpret how they like.
L: Tell us a anecdote or a “secret” regarding your photos.
B: No secrets. Anybody who wants to can do it. Put in the time and effort to learn the craft and enjoy.
Many thanks Brad for your collaboration and wonderful work that we enjoy in your blog.
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