DESCRIPTIONIn my Botaniscopes series, I create kaleidoscopes with my botanical photography.
Environmental issues, endangered environments, threatened species, and the extinction of animals and plants are all hot topics of the moment. Our ecosystems and the environment, and how we view and treat them are becoming more important to many. The meaning of the word “green” has outgrown the mere definition of the color. It’s now used and applied to almost everything related to anything benefiting or creating awareness about the environment.
My recent work focuses on botanical life in nature, particularly plants and trees of the South. And I deal with them in forms of abstraction. It is a tribute to life and our environment that explores patterns, colors, and textures. It is also a fun way to combine light, reflections, and symmetry by embracing unusual perspectives.
In this series, my artistic process entails using the computer to create digitally manipulated photo montages that experiment with colors, light, and form to create stunning reflections that are meticulously arranged. I examine botanical photography in a new light by pairing together the exact mirrored reflection of each of the photos.
The new work is a project of imagined images that are simultaneously modern, contemporary, abstract, surreal, and take on a kaleidoscope and/or Rorschach test feel. Through the influence of life, science fiction, and fantasy, I aim to enhance a viewer’s perception of our environment and our relationship with nature. I take documental photographs of nature to a new level and help the observer experience a new landscape and an array of visual effects.
AUTHORJonathan Brooks was born and raised in Miami, Florida. Brooks studied Advertising and Fine Art Photography at the University of Miami. He worked for Eastman Kodak during their transition from analog to digital. His photographs have been published in numerous anthologies and periodicals. His Fine Art Photographs have been featured in major movies (Mike & Dave Need Wedding Dates, and Uncle Drew), the Emmy nominated short film series celebrating the 50th anniversary of National Endowment For The Arts- United States Of Art, and television shows (David Makes Man, Southern Charm, The Vampire Diaries, and Germany’s Only Love Counts). His work has been exhibited in Miami, New York City, Amsterdam, France, Germany, Greece, and the United Kingdom. This includes Art Basel, the Louvre, and the biggest billboard in Times Square.