After receiving a BA in Communication Studies from California State University, Sacramento, Brooks served 11 years on active duty in the US Army as a photojournalist, specialized in public affairs and strategic and mass communication. Following his military service, the Oakland native earned an MFA in Photography from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Brooks is a member of the 81 Bees Collective and artist-run gallery Mercury 20. He also serves as a youth photography mentor for First Exposures and education coordinator for the East Bay Photo Collective. Check out his CV to learn more.
Capture Process & Technique
Each photograph is created using a large-format camera fitted with a wide-angle lens. Most scenes are photographed at a wide depth-of-field utilizing the lens' hyperfocal distance - the closest distance at which a lens can be focused while keeping objects at infinity acceptably sharp.
Each exposure is rendered with everything in focus from foreground to background and lines and objects are framed to disrupt the viewer's interpretation of the scene. This composition discloses a framework for learning how to set aside our assumptions about the world around us so we may gain the clarity required to assess and engage with the world around us with more intention.
Development & Storage
The exposed daylight-balanced color reversal film is processed by a local film lab or Brooks, who uses Arista Rapid E-6 Developer and a Jobo Color Film Processor. Developed transparencies are placed in a polypropylene sleeve and archived in an Safe-T-Binder for later use.
The sleeved transparency gets mounted behind one of two 4-ply matboards. The matboards and transparency are covered with a 1/8-inch sheet of acrylic, placed against a specially-designed panel of light-emitting diodes, and encased in black aluminum molding. The LED backlights the daylight-balanced transparent photograph using a daylight color temperature of 5300K. A rechargeable battery powers the LEDs for approximately 10 hours.
If you would like to purchase any artwork shown here, send an email with the image title and shipping address. You will receive an invoice within 24 hours. Each purchase will include the original, one-of-a-kind color transparency film in a backlit frame along with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, wall adapter, pre-installed sawtooth hanger, vinyl-coated wire, frame stand, and damage-free picture hanger. The artwork will be signed and placed in a reusable protective wrap.
Shipping & Delivery
Physical tokens delivered within the continental U.S. will arrive within 10 days of submitting the First Collector Form. Physical tokens delivered outside of the U.S. will arrive within 20-30 days of submitting this form. Shipments will include tracking and signature confirmation when available. Local pickup is available to those in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Begin by plugging the LED cable into the battery and powering it on. The pre-installed D-rings and vinyl-coated wire can be hung on a nail or hook in the wall. It may take a few attempts to get the wire mounted securely. Once it's secure, use a level to make sure the frame is centered and hung correctly. NOTE: Use this method when hanging on rough or textured wall surfaces.
Peel the backing from the supplied damage-free hanger and adhere it to the wall. Ensure the post is at the 12-o'clock position. Allow the adhesive to set for 24 hours before hanging the frame. Once you are ready to place the artwork, plug the LED cable into the battery, and power it on. When mounting the frame, make sure the pre-installed sawtooth hanger rests on the post of the damage-free picture hanger. NOTE: Use this method when hanging on smooth wall surfaces.
To display your artwork up on a flat surface, like a desk or nightstand, screw the included frame to the frame channel below the battery. Once it is secure, rest the artwork on the stand to display it. Plug the LED cable into the battery and power it on.
The rechargeable, 12-volt lithium-ion battery is attached using a velcro disk. The battery has an indicator displaying how much power is remaining. When it is time to charge the battery, unplug the LED cable and LED adapter. Next, place the frame face-down on the supplied protective wrap. Hold the foamboard backing down, gently prying the battery off. Charge the battery using the provided wall adapter. The battery needs to be 'ON' while charging.
The built-in LED can be powered using the supplied wall adapter. However, because the adapter wire is only 36-inches, it's best to do this when the frame is standing on a flat surface near an outlet. Additionally, because the adapter doesn't have an in-line "ON/OFF" switch, the charger will need to be unplugged from the built-in LED to power it off.