Interview with Photographer, Digital Artist, and Film-Maker Andrew Brooks

Interview with Photographer, Digital Artist, and Film-Maker Andrew Brooks

Interview with Photographer, Digital Artist, and Film-Maker Andrew Brooks

Manchester-based Andrew Brooks is a photographer, digital artist and film-maker who brings different sceneries together to create a stunning art. He is known for "jigsawing multiple shots" to create his own world. This interview will let you take a peek into the inner workings of this talented artist.

Can you tell us more about yourself? What influenced you to become a photographer/digital artist?

I've always had a strong interest in visual arts, always loving to visit galleries and also the cinema as a kid. Then through studying art at collage I started specializing in photography, which I studied further. I really focused on photographer for a few years, shooting film and being quite a traditional photographer, then digital really arrived and I got a taste for using photoshop to go a step beyond the single image. With time my style developed. As soon as I had a good digital camera and photoshop I've constantly been experimenting with new ways of making images.


What is it about photography and digital art that you love?

With photography I love how it is almost a way of viewing the world. When I'm working and really into what I'm doing I kind of get lost in the ideas and really start to connect with the moment, moving around a place and waiting for the position and the moment which capture how a place feels. When I know I'm on form is when I most feel connected to the landscape, and it's a good feeling. I think with digital art the thing I love is the power to take reality and remix it. Using elements of the real world to build something from my imagination, when I was a kid I used to love the movies and imagining stories, so it's a buzz to now have a job which involves me taking these imaginings and making them real(or real'ish)


Where do you usually find your inspiration?

From a few places, I like to feed in from as many art forms as possible, I love going to city galleries and seeing the old romantic oil painted landscape. I like the cinema, and I think I try to capture the spectacle of Hollywood movies in my work. I also read quite a lot about the subjects in my work, hopefully this feeds into the ideas in the pictures.


Do you experiment on using other mediums or techniques?

I try to experiment with other types of image making, I do quite a lot of motion video work, always trying to keep the same kind of feel as my stills work here's a good example

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