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
I also occasionally make oil paintings based on my pictures, here's one https://www.andrewbrooksphotography.com/image.php?ID=172 I think working in these other mediums give me a different take on the photography and post production work, just working with paint colors and images in a timeline means I can play the same kind of games as I do in my pictures but in a way that I am not so familiar with.
Achievement your most proud of?
I think getting to a position where I can support myself whilst working on almost 100% creative and interesting briefs, and also having time to put weeks into my personal work. It's been a few years coming but it's good to have this kind of freedom and it feels like it really gives me time to develop my style of photography.
Do you have any creative rituals to help you come up with a concept?
I come up with most of my ideas when I'm not thinking to directly about them, I listen to audiobooks as I work, this seems to take up a chunk of my attention, leaving what's left to work away at the pictures, sometime not really aware of where I'm heading with them. Also for some strange reason I usually get new ideas or refine ideas when I'm in the shower. From photography to digital art, how do you manage to blend so many different scenes together to create one consistent whole? My background is photography, from there I learnt about digital art. I think this means I have a strong understanding of exposure and how to go about capturing elements that have enough detail be transformed, altered and played with yet still have the quality to drop into the large composites.