The dark self-portraits of Brooke Shaden

Brooke Shaden creates self-portraits in order to place herself “within environments she wishes to explore, where secrets are exposed, impossibilities are tested, and life is questioned in eras beyond our own.” She uses both her camera and digital editing to produce dark and mysterious worlds for us to explore with her. She began taking photos in 2008 after graduating from Temple University with bachelor degrees in film and English. She chose self-portraiture specifically in order to have full control of the image.

Her website states: “Brooke works to capture fantastic realities within her photographic frame. By using painterly techniques as well as the square format, traditional photographic properties are replaced by otherworldly elements.” [h/t]5412590435_94070755b9 5616888748_6804f863ba 5621629521_2a61011d07 5631333177_d2402d0b0b 5661239077_8376eb950f 5688371412_2350337c50 5690352789_1a81b391be 5751533633_2b51b1f705 5772491646_a793d713cb 5804586870_04f90971ff 5811443271_07a2fa1cc3