Brown attended graduate school at the School of
Visual Communication (Ohio University) and completed
his Master's Project in Photojournalism in 2003.
2003, while working as a newspaper intern, he
won the 58th Annual College Photographer of the
Year competition from the Missouri School of Journalism.
he completed a photography internship at National
Geographic Magazine and has since been assigned
work by publications such as National Geographic
in New York City.
us about your artistic aesthetic.
A: As a kid I used piano and sports to communicate
artistically. In high school I ruptured a major
ligament in my knee and was sidelined from the
million activities I loved to do. All my friends
were active and I felt separated from them after
a while because I could not participate. During
this time my dad introduced me to photography,
teaching me about camera technique and how to
use the darkroom in our house. This is when I
began learning how to express emotion, what I
was feeling, into a photograph, where as before
I only knew how to express this through piano
or free-skiing, for example.
One thing I love about art and the artistic process
is I can always come back to it, it is always
there. No matter what happens in life: a relationship
breakup, going broke, an illness; the satisfaction
I get from creating and communicating is what
keeps me going.
Q: Tell us how others describe your work versus
how you see it? Do they get it?
A: People look at my work and see good light,
color, and composition. They see in the best images
emotion and intimacy. Most understand my work
because it is pretty simple and straightforward,
as I am. I like to experiment but always simplify
as much as possible, only including in the frame
what is essential to communicate the message.
Q: Give us an example of obstacles you have overcome
or are currently struggling with?
A: I just moved to New York City to begin freelancing.
What could be more of an obstacle than that? This
is a crazy and complex place, and the only way
to survive as a photographer is to hustle. Though
I have been working on creating a business and
have not been photographing much in the past several
months, I am beginning to form a voice. That is,
basically, what I think is important to communicate.
I am finally out of school and not working for
anybody but myself. This is a hard time to face,
being on one's own with 'no direction home.' But
it's a beautiful time, a magical time.