Brooke Hoyer is one of our newest members to join Artistic Portland and one of several photographers in our Co-op. His interest in photography started at an early age when he tried to use his father’s Kodak Instamatic camera to photograph his toy dinosaurs. Unfortunately, there was no film in the camera. In his teens, he obtained a single lens reflex camera and his interest in photography blossomed. He took a few photography related courses in high school and enrolled as an art major in college. However, the concerns of earning a living led him to pursue more conventional employment. As an avid outdoors person, he engaged in rock climbing and bike racing until medical problems forced him to curtail those activities. He never lost his interest in photography and turned very heavily into that activity.
He works in both color and black and white photography. The palette of his color photos are very subtle and enhances the story his images tell. He explained to me that he prefers to look for less conventional scenes when he shoots and avoids stock pictures of familiar landmarks and popular points of interests. He has photographed many landscapes which relate to his own outdoor history. His approach is to take unusual perspectives and angles - perhaps because of his rock climbing experiences.
Much of his work on display in the Co-op store is about people: in parks, on the riverfront, or in their haunts and workplaces. I particularly like the image of an old auto mechanic in his shop. Brooke likes to work spontaneously and always carries a camera, often using an iPhone which he finds very helpful. He likens the shots taken on his walks or trips to the raw material for his art which he then adjusts in a rigorous process of selecting and fine tuning, using software on the computer.
Brooke pursues his art with few preconceptions but knows when he sees a subject with a story worth telling. Thus he is always “on the lookout” for these situations when he on his daily rounds. I suspect these scenes reflect his own unique history and makeup as well as his artistic tastes. His art takes a deeper look at everyday people and situations which the average person may overlook. His hope is that his art will enable a meaningful connection with the subject and viewer, even if it is for an instant.
You may meet Brooke when you visit the Artistic Portland Co-op Store and discover more about this interesting artist. Our store is staffed only by artists whose work is shown in the store. So each person you meet in the store has some work on hand and has some knowledge about the other works on display. What a concept!