|Self Portrait © Adrien Broom|
How did you get into photography?
Photo © Adrien Broom
Strangely enough I got into photography through animation. I studied 3D animation in college and discovered I was much more interested in single frames. I loved creating the scenes and the characters, but was most intrigued by trying to capture the whole story through a single image. That, in combination with the need to be immersed in the scene rather than experiencing it through a computer, finally lead to an “Ah ha” moment and I’ve been addicted ever since.
Where do you enjoy shooting?
Definitely in the woods. I carry a notebook around with me and whenever I spot a fantastic looking tree or peculiar location I take notes and make a point of planning a shoot around the location. I love organic shapes and how they can change a story or a mood into something other-worldly, even though it was found in something as familiar as your own back yard.
Photo © Adrien Broom
How long have you been shooting professionally?
I took the plunge about six years ago during one of those periods where you reassess what’s really important in your life. At the time, I was hanging out with some friends who had recently committed themselves to being professional musicians. It was not an easy step to take in the beginning, much like starting out as a photographer. After a few weeks on the road with them I realized how happy being out in the world and photographing made me. I realized that if I could make this my life I’d never have to “work” again. I’ve been on living the dream ever since.
What do you enjoy shooting the most?
People in narrative scenes. I like anything that challenges normalcy. Lately, I’ve been drawn to conversations between women, nature and animals.
Photo © Adrien Broom - Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
Tell us about your best day of shooting?
Best day of shooting? Hmmm...a dream day of shooting would start with a set in the woods; complete with props, models and hopefully animals, surrounded by my amazing team. Pretty similar to my PocketWizard shoot. I love to get all the elements of an amazing shoot together and let spontaneity create the story that unwinds. Second half of the day would be shooting live music into the wee hours of the night. I love the contrast of shooting live music with the rest of my work which is much more controlled. With music you have no control over lights, movement, places... really anything. The beauty in contrasts. That would be my perfect shooting day.
Is there anything else you would like to tell us about yourself?
I like to take my dog with me on as many shoots as possible. He actually now responds to “buddy, you’re in my shot”, and trots out of the way. I am extremely grateful for what I do.
Present & upcoming shows:
D&D building, NYC
Tri Gallery, NYC
Hans de Castellane Gallery, NYC
Diane Birdsall Gallery, CT
116 Crown, CT
RISD Guest speaker - 2010, 2011
Where my work has appeared: