Artists

Brad Meese's work explores themes of space and perception within the urban environment. His images speak to his understanding not only of the technical aspects of his craft, but also to his unique artistic vision, combining elements of documentary photography with a cinematic sensibility that challenges the viewers perceptions of a landscape - the city - that is familiar to so many. These talents and vision are also extended toward Meese's work in the natural environment, work that reveals and conceals its subject matter, often employing elements of the subject itself to obscure or illuninate the landscape. Meese has exhibited largely in the Chicago area where he also lives and works. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Indiana University (1999), and following that completed a one year specialized photographic program at Focal Point Visual Arts Learning Centre in Vancouver, B.C. (2001). Technical Note: All photos are shot IN camera. This means that the photo you see is what I saw through the lens when I pushed the shutter button. There are a few exceptions where I have cropped the photo, and that is all. There is no layering, double exposure, changing of colors, dropping in of skies, or any other tricks being employed. Since we live in the digital age where manipulation is quite easy, I feel it is very important to point out that this is real artistic vision, not a modern technical trick. My technical approach is very simple. I shoot the camera on Manual just like a film camera. I use photoshop just like a darkroom. I lighten or darken an area and use contrast only to get the photo to look as it did to my eye, nothing more. You can see my process in the video on my website.


Brad Meese
Brad Meese
Brad Meese
Brad Meese
Brad Meese