Today we’re delighted to showcase the work of NYC based 23-year-old fine art and portrait photographer Brooke DiDonato. Already earning her BA in photojournalism, DiDonato’s dreamy photos seamlessly blur the lines between fantasy and real-life.
“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”
"I started this project by chance. I wanted to change something in my life and I started to talk about this subject with a friend of mine.
I decided to start taking some pictures of human bodies using water as theatre. I wanted to create something new, giving to the pictures a third dimension.”
2013 has been a year of reaping; taking advantage of the previous year’s hustle. In May, our short film “The Rings We Bear” screened for an international audience at Cannes & a soon after our documentary, “Thailand Untapped” was nominated for a Mid-Atlantic Emmy Award. Meanwhile, these featured projects have kept the creative juices flowing throughout the last year, keeping me sane while I spend most of my time editing another feature-length documentary.
Thank you to everyone who made these shoots possible. It’s been a constant battle between expressing gratitude and fearing complacency - all I know is that 2014 will be a year for growth & larger opportunities. Let’s go!