Twenty Dreamlike Self-Portraits of Brooke Shaden.

Self-Portraits of Brooke Shaden

We all like to dream. To imagine ourselves in a different place, at a different time. Where reality is suspended and we can fly, float or escape our mundane lives. Brooke Shaden has done just that by placing herself in surreal worlds in which she wishes she could dwell through her manipulated photographs.

Self-Portraits of Brooke Shaden

The sharing game:
the sharing game
The creation of blood and bones:
the creation of blood and bones
Practicing make-believe:
practicing make-believe
To be prepared:
to be prepared
Born of wind and snowy mountains:
born of wind from snowy mountains
To life her up:
to lift her up
To dust:
to dust
Invading homes:
invading homes
Nocturnal:
nocturnal
The almost circus and invisible audience:
the almost circus and invisible audience
The falling of Autumn darkness:
the falling of autumn darkness
Gateway to River Willow:
gateway to river willow
Changing winds:
changing winds
What life is made of:
what life is made of
Empty nest:
empty nest
The path of lost souls:
the path of lost souls
Falling slowly:
falling slowly
The world above:
the world above
Finding rescue:
finding rescue
Wild birds burning:
wild birds burning
Shown at top: Battle of cliffside hill

About the artist:
brooke shaden self portrait a story in older terms

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 now resides in Arizona, USA with her husband and three cats.

She began creating self-portraits for ease and to have full control over the images, and has since grown into a self-portrait artist. Self portraiture for her is not autobiographical in nature. Instead, she attempts to place herself within worlds she wishes we could live in, where secrets float out in the open, where the impossible becomes possible.

Brooke works to create new worlds within her photographic frame. By using painterly techniques as well as the square format, traditional photographic properties are replaced by otherworldly elements. Brooke’s photography questions the definition of what it means to be alive.

Brooke has also published a book:  Inspiration in Photography: Training your mind to make great art a habit
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buy it here

Prints of her images are available internationally. Please contact the nearest gallery for more information.

Select works are represented by:
JoAnne Artman Gallery
Laguna Beach, CA, USA

Morren Galleries
Amsterdam & Utrecht, The Netherlands

Søren Christensen Gallery
New Orleans, LA, USA

See more of Brooke Shaden’s beautiful work here

a special thanks to Evelyn Morris Hecht for bringing this lovely work to my attention.