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.

Brooke Shaden Self-Portraits

The sharing game:
Self-Portraits of Brooke Shaden 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


The almost circus and invisible audience:
Brooke Shaden Self-Portraits the almost circus and invisible audience

The falling of Autumn darkness:
Brooke Shaden Self-Portraits 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:
 Brooke Shaden Self-Portraits 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.