Making Something Ugly Into Something Beautiful

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Today’s feature is from .

Brooke says:

“These images are all from a photo series I am working on that were all photographed in a sewer or underpass.

The goal was to show how even a disgusting or disregarded place can be turned into something beautiful if the artist has a different vision of the space.

I utilized the naturally dark background and filled the space with something dreamy, whimsical, or even dark. I chose one main color for each image and worked from that inspiration.

I am always interested in life vs. death, and that also plays a big part in this series.”

Brooke’s Photography Tip:

I photographed these images mostly as self-portraits in which I place myself in the underpass.

Once there, the backdrop is naturally dark because of light falloff, and I use that to my advance to create a dark, night-like atmosphere.

I add in a different ground, be it clouds, a field, or a forest, and then make it look like I am standing in a different place.

From there it is a matter of making the color pop, some image compositing, and playing with overall light and composition to get the final look.

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Brooke used a Canon 5D Mark II with a Sigma 35mm f/1.4 lens and a Sigma 50mm 1.4 lens to capture these images.

Brooke Shaden is a Fine Art photographer.

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