Brooke Shaden took up photography in December 2008 when she graduated from Temple University with degrees in film and English. Her passion for visual storytelling came to a new height when she realized that through photography she could create new worlds within our world.
Brooke’s goal in photography is to make beautiful the things that others find disturbing. She works in square format with a heavy emphasis on post processing.
Brooke has been said to encapsulate a new way of creating imagery for our time and has “…dramatically restated a new photographic feminist agenda for the 21st century.” She uses the female form, rather than the female identity (i.e.: rarely showing faces in her photographs), and thus comments on female stereotyping. The square frame itself has been turned into a mirror of our own lives, one that emboldens the distressing and disturbing while juxtaposing that with beauty and depth.
Self portraiture for her is not autobiographical in nature. Instead, she attempts to place herself within these worlds that she wishes we could live in, worlds where secrets float out in the open, where the impossible becomes possible. Brooke’s photography questions the definition of what it means to be alive.