Brooke Shaden was born in March of 1987 in Lancaster, PA, USA. She grew up near the "Amish Country" until attending Temple University. Brooke was photographically born in December 2008 after graduating from Temple with bachelor degrees in film and English.
She began creating self-portraits for ease and to have full control over the images, and has since grown into a self-portrait fine art photographer. Self portraiture for her is not autobiographical in nature. Instead, she places herself within environments she wishes to explore, where secrets are exposed, impossibilities are tested, and life is questioned in eras beyond our own.
Brooke works to capture fantastic realities within her photographic frame. By using painterly techniques as well as the square format, traditional photographic properties are replaced by otherworldly elements.
In Brooke's Words:
From childhood I have seen disturbing experiences and imagery as beautiful. I seek to transform our reality into something more whimsical, dark, and alive, and I express those characters through self-portraiture. The use of square format allows the viewer to see beyond an image and into the heart of the story, while a painterly and textured finish gives my images a more tangible and aged look. Each image is photographic in nature, yet through the use of digital alteration, I bend the light and color of the images to fit my mind's eye, often creating a sense of a surreal and otherworldly atmosphere. In our world where secrets are too often kept hidden, my photographs invite the viewer to see and feel those darker emotions in the images.