Autodidact: self-taught

Sep
17
2013

Brooke Shaden

by V. L. Craven

Brooke Shaden is a photographer whose art looks more like dreamlike (and occasionally nightmarish) painting.

The Chainless Links

The Chainless Links

 

Looking for Air

Looking for Air

 

The Leaves of Lindin Avenue

The Leaves of Lindin Avenue

 

The Research Laboratory

The Research Laboratory

Some of her work is just plain spooky. For example, ‘The Guiding Spirit’ [below] looks like two girls facing the same direction, one bending forward and the other leaning backward over her. Then you see the girl closest to the camera–her feet are facing us.

The Guiding Spirit Brooke Shaden

The Guiding Spirit

While ‘Moving House’ puts one in mind of the first series of American Horror Story.

Moving House

Moving House

‘The Aftermath’ is reminiscent of Millais’ ‘Ophelia’

The Aftermath

The Aftermath

 

The Feeling of Traveling

The Feeling of Traveling

 

Wild Birds Burning

Wild Birds Burning

 

Battle at Cliffside Hill

Battle at Cliffside Hill

 

Out of the Earth

Out of the Earth

 

The Inconvenience of Spirits

The Inconvenience of Spirits

‘The Sharing Game’ looks like a lost M.R. James ghost story come to life.

The Sharing Game

The Sharing Game

 

To Lift Her Up

To Lift Her Up

 

The Untamed Passage

The Untamed Passage

 

Sleepwalker Brooke Shaden

Sleepwalker

‘The Protector of Magic’ both looks and sounds like a Neil Gaiman novel.

The Protector of Magic

The Protector of Magic

 

The Keeper of Keys

The Keeper of Keys

A lot of her work reminds me of the video for Tori Amos’ ‘Caught a Lite Sneeze’ in the best way. I cannot find the video online, but if you’ve seen it, you know it.

You can find much, much more of her work on her website.

Hat tip to my friend Gary Glass for pointing me to this one. Thanks, Gary!

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