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Seonda Camera Club presents “How to Build Meaningful Concepts” and “Surreal Compositing” Nov. 27


Brooke Shaden (Courtesy/ Sedona Camera Club)

Brooke Shaden (Courtesy/ Sedona Camera Club)


Originally Published: November 22, 2023 3:37 p.m.

Join the Sedona Camera Club for a two-part presentation by professional photographer Brooke Shaden. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 27 at the Mary D. Fisher Theater, 2030 W. State Route 89A, Suite B-2. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Part 1: How to Build Meaningful Concepts: walk through the details of how Brooke plans every detail of her images, from a big idea to ensuring the final concept is layered with meaning. From sketches to symbolism to color theory, Brooke will share how to build an image that is not only personally meaningful but also appeals to a wide audience to start conversations.

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The Metamorphosis by Brooke Shaden

Part 2: Surreal Compositing: watch as Brooke deconstructs some of her complex Photoshop files to share how she puts together her surreal, dark, and whimsical works. From detailed compositing to dramatic lighting and background changes in Photoshop, Brooke will show how to build an edit from the ground up.

Brooke explores the darkness and light in people, and her work looks at that juxtaposition. As a self-portrait artist, she photographs herself and becomes that characters of dreams inspired by a childhood of intense imagination and fear. Being the creator and the actor, Brooke controls her darkness and confronts those fears.

After studying films for years in college, she realized her love of storytelling was universal. She started photography then in 2008, excited to create in solitude and take on character roles herself. Brooke works from a place of theme, often gravitating toward death and rebirth or beauty and decay.

Ultimately, her process is more discovery than creation. She follows her curiosity into the unknown to see whom her characters might become. Brooke says “The greatest gift an artist has is the ability to channel fears, hopes and experience into a representation of one's potential.”

While her images come from a personal place of exploration, her goal in creating is not only to satisfy herself; her greatest wish is to show others a part of themselves. She explains: “Art is a mirror for the creator and the observer.”

Brooke's passion is storytelling, and her life is engulfed in it. From creating self-portraits and writing, to international adventures and motivational speeches, she wants to live a thousand lives in one. She keeps her curiosity burning to live a truly interesting story.

Presentations, hosted by the Sedona Camera Club, are free to members. There is a $5 fee for guests. Local photographers are encouraged to join to support bringing high-quality speakers to promote interest in photography and develop photographic skills. Membership costs $35 for the whole year. For more information on the Sedona Camera Club, go to SedonaCamera.Club.