Brad Wilson – Photographie | Artistics.com

Brad Wilson – Photographie | Artistics.com


♪ (music) ♪ My name is Brad Wilson. I’m a photographer currently living
in Santa Fe, New Mexico in the United States. I got my start in photography
in the early 1990s. After kind of establishing myself
as a portrait photographer I was looking for new challenges and decided to change
my subject matter up a little bit, and started photographing animals. And then I moved out to Santa Fe,
New Mexico, where I could really focus more exclusively on that project,
as well as fine art in general. ♪ (music) ♪ I think I was drawn
to photographing animals because they represented,
for me at least, this sort of unknown road. A subject that was completely
unpredictable and in many ways uncontrollable. And also, just this
sort of profound affinity that I felt for them as well. Photographing people
was challenging at times but I could always get the photograph
that I wanted to get because I knew that I could
direct people in a certain way, I could get them to do the things
that were necessary for a compelling composition, and it almost had become
very routine for me. But with animals, every shoot
really became sort of a meditation in the middle of organized chaos. ♪ (eerie music) ♪ Well, when I first started
working with animals I was immediately struck
by how powerful each encounter was. Impossible to stand a few feet away
from a lion or a tiger or a chimpanzee and remain unmoved. The biggest challenge for me
in the beginning was sort of getting past that,
because it’s hard to take a really good photograph
when you’re wrapped up in all those feelings. So for me, it became about
having that experience and then sort of waiting patiently,
sometimes for hours to find that one moment with the animal
that was more connected more original. And that was really what I was after; was that image that showed a greater connection to the animal,
maybe than you’ve seen before. Yeah, in every shot,
I am focused on the eyes of the animal. I mean, for humans,
that’s how we connect to a subject and I think that having the eyes completely sharp and in focus is a great way for the viewer to experience kind of a sense
of intimacy with the animal, a greater sense of connection
with the animal. So that’s one of the things I’m after. The other sort of holy grail
of the whole project is really the frontal gaze
right into the camera. And that may happen one time in four hours or it may never happen at all. I really have no idea. So that’s always what I’m after because I think that’s how we connect to the subjects,
that’s how we experience intimacy. So you know, I’m trying to find that shot with every animal. For me, it was also important to really
capture as much detail as possible and remove any sort of distractions that existed in the frames so the black background
removes any sense of distraction. And also the retouching I do
removes any distractions as well. These portraits;
I want to have some timeless quality. I want them to be
like the highest possible quality and I also wanted to show the animal with all the respect and dignity that I would offer in a human subject. That was very important to me. A lot of the animals
I have photographed come from sanctuaries, some come from zoos. So the money that I spent on the shoots
help support those animals help support conservation causes. And I hope these photographs will remind us that weareconnected
to the natural world, that we are not alone as a species.

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