Through a cinematographic approach to photography, Brooklyn-based storyteller and self-taught photographer Adrien Broom creates illusions that play between reality, emphasising the imaginative impulse. Exploring universal themes of childhood, loss and the anxiety of modern life, her “Color Project” is a children’s story about self discovery, imagination and curiosity, following a young girls journey as she rediscovers all the colors of the rainbow. Famous for her large scale sets, each stage gone through by the kid was created in her studio with the help of Tony Palmery and Kristen Meyer. Adrien studied computer animation in Boston, fine art in Florence and art history in London. Each of these mediums greatly influence and form her work. For more check out the interview below and visit her website www.adrienbroom.com.
How would you describe yourself in one sentence?
I’m a storyteller.
Whom do you look up to?
So many people, for so many different reasons. Photographers like Gregory Crewsdon and Andrew Zuckerman for working as hard as they do, creating such amazing and personalized imagery, and making a life out of it. Photographers like Jill Greenberg for doing the same, while being a mother. My mother, for always being able to find the positive and spiritual side of any situation. My sister for surprising, and inspiring me. And my dog, for always being grateful, boisterous, loving and making me realize the big things are never that overwhelming.
Are there any personalities that have contributed to your successful career path?
My father plays a huge role in my career path. He always told me that with talent and a lot of hard work, you can achieve your goals. Having that support gave me the the courage to be a full time artist.
How did your photographic career start?
A long time ago I was going through a very difficult time in my personal life. A few dear friends where in a band and dragged me off the couch and on tour with them to take pictures. It was the first time I had been happy in a long time, and realized that’s all that matters. From then on I never put down the camera.
What was your favorite project and why?
The Color Project is my favorite to date, which I just finished a few months back. It is the story of a little girl rediscovering all the colors of the rainbow, and herself in the process. I built large scale sets, by hand, to represent each one of these color worlds. Each was made of everything that embodies that color. It was a massive project, that fed my soul every day for over 2 years.
How do you define creativity?
Being able to listen to and capture the murmurings inside you, and then using hard work to bring them to a reality.
If you had one advice for someone seeking to live a creative life, what would you tell him?
Find something specific that you relate to and put your whole mind and soul into it. Create every day, and don’t be afraid or consumed with the outcome.
What do you know now that you wish you knew at 21?
Everything and nothing. The 20s where tough, but I would never be where I am now if I hadn’t gone through those years.
Is there anything for which you would be ready to give up your passion of photography?