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Brady Wilks

“In the still and in the storm, there exists the quiet landscape. Let me listen to the earth and return to the land, of which I am part. Let the landscape speak as a visual metaphor and reveal my connection to the earth and to all of my experiences, emotions, and people of my past. Much like these landscapes have been manipulated by humanity, I have been shaped and manipulated by the people of my past. Sometimes this reflection of my past is dark and depressing, yet I always find an escape. While in the landscape, I am healing; while making art, I am healing When crafting an object by hand, from a subject loved, I am healing.”

Brady Wilks started his creative work with photography as a self-educated student using film in southern California starting in 1996. In 2004, he attended the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, earning a Bachelors degree in order to support my photography and design business in 2008.

Shortly after completing his BA at the Art Institute, Wilks began teaching college level darkroom and digital photography courses in Maryland and finished a Masters of Fine Arts in Photography at the Academy of Art University. Currently, Wilks works as an artist with the intent to use elements of composition and a unique visual language consistent throughout his work as a way to connect to the landscape, to heal and to allow others to enjoy the beauty of the work.

Wilks is also  an educator as well as scholar. In August 2015, he released a book titled Alternative Photographic Processes: Crafting Handmade Images published by Focal Press. The book is written for educators, students and seasoned alternative process artists with the idea of providing more alternatives. It is a supplement to so many other great books. For more information about Wilks’ book, click here.

In relationship to Wilks’ work, all forms of photography are embraced in order to support a particular series. He chooses analog and digital processes that best suit the aesthetic that each concept requires.