John Brooks | Bristol, UK

Short bio…

Studied Art & History of Building at Bath and used film for 40 years with medium and large format cameras and some SLR’s mostly Nikon. Widely exhibited internationally and four international awards in the last three years. Member of Royal West of England Academy Artist Network, Member of Second Look photographic association, Member of Artists-Connect.  My work as an artist/photographer features the world around us viewed in an alternative way.

You shoot film because…

I prefer the comparative slowness of the process and the greater degree of control over and care of the subject matter within the image making process. The subject requires greater thought in the process for me when I use film as it is wasteful to “snap” at things. Then the anticipation of the final image after processing is a further pleasure and adds to the creative process. Additionally when I am creating some of my large abstract pieces i will make a sketch of the subject first.

Your photography feels like…

It is an emotional process for me as I am drawn to the subject, sometimes over a period of days, weeks or months, a bit like flirting, before committing myself to creating the image. It is almost like falling in love! An amazing and exhilarating feeling.

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