Art Writer’s Wednesday 7 - Tumblr Artist
Brad Sloan | on Tumblr (USA)
“Life is crazy. You have to squeeze as much fun out of it as possible.” Brad Sloan is a self-taught photographer living in Springfield, Oregon with a wife and two children. Graduated from the University of Oregon in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism focusing on electronic media, he is currently a Production Manger at a local ABC affiliate TV station. Photographer on Tumblr since 2010, Brad is also an excellent Black and White tag editor since early 2012. His eye manages to capture the unseen beauty you likely missed rushing your kids to the bus stop or dashing down 5th avenue on your way to work. Inspired very much in 2012 by his 3-day trip to New York City, his passion for cityscapes was born. His work has been featured in Forbes Magazine in both 2012 and 2013, displaying a stunning view of Oregon typically found in most all of Brad’s photography. His breathtaking landscapes were featured on Artchipel in early 2012; Leslie Seuffert interviewed the Artist for Artchipel’s Art Writer’s Wednesday #7.
Leslie Seuffert for Artchipel: How long have you been taking pictures?
Brad Sloan: I have been taking pictures since April of 2009. It wasn’t until 2012, that my passion came into play after a 3-day trip to New York City. My wife is a photographer and that year we got a second DSLR body. With a spare camera lying around, I decided to pick it up and just started snapping away.
LS: Living in Oregon, away from anyplace like NYC, you seem to post many amazing cityscapes and reflections. Why is that and how did this become your focus?
BS: In April of 2012, I took a short trip to Manhattan and fell in love with urban photography. I was only there for three days but managed to take around 3000 pictures. I’m still pulling pictures from that trip and editing them now. There are, however, lots of urban photography opportunities pretty much wherever I go especially a couple hours north in Portland, Oregon. As for reflections, that’s a fun thing to do with cityscapes. Turning complex subjects back onto themselves makes for interesting viewing material I really enjoy.
LS: What is your primary technique?
BS: I don’t have a particular style or technique. To me, there’s no such thing as reality captured on a camera. There will always be variables and adjustments that are made on any digital or film medium that alter the outcome. Photography is about your interpretation of what you are seeing and hopefully being able to translate that interpretation into presentation. As for post-processing, I do whatever I want and nothing is sacred. If I don’t like something in the shot, I have no compunction about removing it or adding something else in. This gets mixed reactions from some other photographers but that doesn’t really concern me. I’m not doing this for anybody other than myself.
LS: I’ve been told that your favorite piece is Empire State of Mind. Could you share with us your process and how do you work this image specifically?
BS: Empire State of Mind is a three exposure shot. Those three exposure were combined in a HDR program called Photomatix. After that, the combined image was converted to black and white using Nik Software’s Silver Efex Pro.
LS: What has been your biggest challenge or achievement to date?
BS: At this point, I’m not really trying to achieve anything. I had a gallery showing last year where I had my picture Empire State of Mind hanging up in the Empire State Building lobby. That was pretty cool, but this isn’t really a challenge or achievement based activity for me. I will continue taking pictures as a hobby and whatever happens, happens.
Brad Sloan can be found with updated posts regularly on Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, 500px and Google+. You can also find incredible, mesmerizing, in depth perspectives of New York City in his book Visions of Metropolis.
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