13.1 C
Madrid
Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Photographer Uses Juxtaposition To Convey A Unified Message

Photographer Zach Brown is passionate about bringing those at the margins into focus

Must read

Nitish And Mamata Opportunity (NAMO) For India

INDIA. Many an armchair analyst have created a reputation by gravely connecting the dots and reading tea leaves ex post facto. They...

Manila City Cancels Many Holidays and Celebrations

PHILIPPINES. Manila: Manila City and other local governments cancelled many holidays and celebrations that Filipinos normally observe. These include All Saints Day...

Maximizing Productivity Under Work From Home

Hello, am I audible? Apologies, I think there’s some connectivity issue. Now, that these conversations have...

The AI Frolics Of Social Networking

A thought worth deliberating Where the world is facing the deadly pandemic of COVID-19, when the entire humanity...
Lisa Carley Hotaling
Lisa Carley Hotaling
Editor-in-Chief of Transcontinental Times. I have a graduate degree in Humanistic Psychology and live in Upstate New York.

United States. Rochester, New York. Twenty-three-year old Zach Brown found himself with an arts degree and an uncertain future.

An unexpected break

Nearly six months passed. Zach was working at a coffee house and creating art in his spare time. In Jan 2020, Zach was informed about an upcoming call for work through the national CaFÉ,  “a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to artists in their quest to serve diverse audiences, enrich the lives of local communities, and provide access to the arts for all.” Zach submitted 3 pieces and hoped that just submitting would get his works seen by professional artists who could give him support and feedback. “It was totally unexpected that all 3 submissions were accepted,” Zach shared with Transcontinental Times, “and a complete shock that one of my pieces won ‘Best In Show’.”

Unity through juxtaposition

- Advertisement -

The winning piece is called a diptych and it’s the magnificent composition of two pieces that become one through the juxtaposition. In this piece, Zach “connected human nature with the natural world.” Though the monetary benefit was small, the boost in Zach’s confidence was priceless.

Photo Credit: Zach Brown

“I am committed to help represent others, especially those who go unseen. I would much rather stay behind the camera. I’m more comfortable there,” Zach said.  He feels especially passionate about those living on the margins of mainstream culture, namely people of color and those who identify as LGBTQ.

- Advertisement -

While he was formally studying art and photography, he knew that he wanted to work in magazines and have his photos tell a powerful story. He thought that winning ‘Best In Show’ would bring him the attention he needed to land a job with a magazine.

Photography as activism

Zach noticed that professional photographers were very active at the local Pride Parade last June, and he sent an email with one of his photos and asked if he could volunteer for the upcoming parade. Their main photographer had to back out due to other responsibilities and Zach was hired as the official photographer.

Photo Credit: Zach Brown
- Advertisement -

His photos were so powerful that he was asked to do the cover photo for the November issue of The Empty Closet, a local LGBTQ publication. His cover received such acclaim that he was then offered the cover for December, February, and May. He was hired as a freelancer by the publication and was on his way to permanent staff with the magazine, until the publication folded in June 2020, unable to survive through COVID-19.

Photo Credit: Zach Borown

He maintained his part time job and again faced an uncertain future.

The Black Lives Matter movement exploded in the United States after the murder of George Floyd, and brought Zach onto the streets. He wanted to show his support for black people in the Rochester community, and he felt a responsibility to capture this historical event the best way he knew how: through the lens of his camera.

An activist was being interviewed by a local paper and knew that Zach took some photos. Zach’s photograph was featured in Rochester’s Democrat and Chronicle and within 2 weeks was picked up by national media.

Though he is still waiting for that offer from a publication where he can showcase his work and tell people’s stories through the circle of his lens, he is excited that another and most unexpected dream came true.

Recognition by those he admires

Zach grew up with the music of Kelly Clarkson, Miley Cyrus, Hanna Montana, and others made famous by Disney. Rock Mafia is the primary songwriting and production group for Disney, and two weeks ago, Rock Mafia discovered Zach’s photographs and are now following him on Instagram.

He hopes that this recent attention will help him tell stories that really matter, through the three dimensional lens that creates a two dimensional image that connect us to one another: a spectacular diptych in its own right, a unified message through a magnificent juxtaposition.  

More articles

Latest article

The White Tiger Teaser Trailer Out

INDIA. Netflix has released the teaser trailer of The White Tiger. Earlier this month, Priyanka Chopra Jonas unveiled the first look of...

Manila City Cancels Many Holidays and Celebrations

PHILIPPINES. Manila: Manila City and other local governments cancelled many holidays and celebrations that Filipinos normally observe. These include All Saints Day...

Woman Shot Dead By A Stalker In Haryana

INDIA. Haryana: A 21-year-old woman was shot dead in Haryana on Monday. The deceased was a student of Agrawal College at Ballabgarh...

Serial Bomb Blasts In Pakistan Kill 7 Children, Wounds 109

PAKISTAN. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Peshwar: After the Quetta bomb blast incident, Pakistan faced another bomb blast in Peshawar. The explosion ripped through a...

Filipino Citizens Can Become Photojournalists

PHILIPPINES. Quezon City: A Filipino citizen can fill the shoes of a photojournalist during the COVID-19 pandemic. Everyone owns a smartphone that...