Behind the Lens: Lyndon Brown
Behind the Lens
As a blogger, I have the pleasure of working with some of the most creative and artistic minds. Everything that you see on this blog is a product of the chemistry between me and the person behind the lens. No two photographers are the same. This series is for you to get to know my favorite hidden gems.
Who Is Lyndon Brown?
"I grew up in Wynnefield, Philadelphia with an interest in art. I dabbled in drawing and tinkered with sculpture too, but the pieces that I worked on always blew up in the kiln. I find myself evolving as I continue to develop my shot selection, signature style, and application of color theory in my edits. A year ago I arrogantly thought, “I can shoot”. Now I think, “Is this the shot? Is this the image?” I love photography because you can arrive at a location, know the light, see the complementary angles, envision the outcome, and still have room for the unknown - for the artist behind the lens."
How Would You Describe Your Work?
"I am drawn to images that tell a story. I shoot based on emotion - through feeling and conceptualizing the image that I am crafting. I love shooting portraiture and have recently found myself drawn to fashion imagery. If there are people and beautiful scenes, I want to be there. Currently, I'm studying the work of Paola Franqui. If an image is worth a thousand words, one created by Paola is a novel within itself. Her images are voluminous."
How Did You Get Started?
"I got started in high school. There was a kid in my geometry class who used to shoot on weekends. I bought my first SLR from him. It was a Pentax with a huge dent in the front, but it worked like magic. I was also inspired by my cousin Michael. Seeing him with a camera in his hands looked like the coolest thing, and his final images confirmed that for me. They were enigmatic and told wonderful stories. I love to show the viewer what I see - the emotions, the texture, and the hidden dynamics within an image."
What Inspires Your Work?
"I am inspired by the ability to capture a moment in time. Moments are fleeting, but a photographer can capture them to tell an eternal story. Locally, I am inspired by a number of photographers: Joseph D. Tran, Michael Luebecker, Michael Edwards and Rob Morales. On the higher spectrum of the craft, I look to Paola Franqui, Jason Lanier, Irene Rudnyk, Manny Ortiz, Jasmine Star, Yamil Flores and Kelvin Bulluck. They all show a different aspect of the content that I am trying to create; an amalgam of color, composition, style, and consistency. It's not their notoriety as much as their mastery of the craft and unique style that I'm drawn to."
Let's Get Technical
"I currently shoot with the Canon 6D and Sigma Art 50mm 1:4. For editing, I use Lightroom and Photoshop. In a perfect world, I'd love to get my hands on the Canon 5D Mark III. If we are talking about glass lenses, next up is the Sigma Art 105 mm 1:4 (Bokeh Master) and the Sigma Art 35 mm 1:4."
Any Advice for Aspiring
"Ask 'how' and ask it often. Find a structured introduction into an environment that you are comfortable with and get solid instruction. When starting out, don’t be afraid to be a nerd about photography. Read, study, experiment, and break rules get to know your instrument. Last but not least - practice, practice, practice!"
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