Today we’d like to introduce you to Andre Brooks.
Andre, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
When I was growing up there were two things I always like to do, that was play sports and make art. When I was outside I was playing basketball, football, or soccer with my friends and when I was inside I was drawing. I loved and still love drawing cartoons. When I wasn’t drawing cartoons, I was drawing sports logos and helmets. I didn’t really get into painting and photography until I got to college and took an art history course, and with painting I did the same, paint cartoons and sports logos. When I took my first photography class that the media that changed it all for me. With photography I got to bring things to life.
One series I did in school is make myself into quadruplets, and each one represented an interest I have. The series was called the Andre’s and of course one of the brothers is a sports fanatic. I always saw images on Sports Illustrated and ESPN and was amazed at how the photographers captured it. Majority of my photography projects were sports themed and is what got me into an organization called The Overtime Page to shoot sports. Coming from art school to shooting sports taught me to shoot a different way from others. I always wait for the decisive moment to capture an image that tells a story. Going with lines, angles, and composition my work reminds me of Neoclassical paintings. With photography I get to bring both of my loves together.
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
My art is Athleticism. I wait for the right decisive moment to capture what I’m looking for. It’s all about timing and being in the right place at the right time. I want people to see and my image and notes just a good photograph, I want the viewers to see the emotion of the people in the image, the form of the human body. What I hope people take away is that they will see the art in sports and see the story that’s being told in each image.
What would you recommend to an artist new to the city, or to art, in terms of meeting and connecting with other artists and creatives?
Stay connected on social media pages. there is always an opening happening somewhere around the city.
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
Right now people can see my images on my Instagram portfolio page @drebrooksphoyography.
- Instagram: instagram.com/drebrooksphotography
Dre Brooks Photography