|Photo by Tom Foley|
My name is Brennan Probst. I live in New Orleans with my wife, Katie, and our two cats, Chooks and Furiosa. I am currently a graduate student in the MFA program at the University of New Orleans. I originally grew up in the northern suburbs of Chicago. I first fell in love with photography during my undergraduate studies as a studio art major at Monmouth College. Ever since, photo has been my medium of choice. I use 35mm and medium format film cameras, as well as digital cameras for my work.
Through autobiographical photographs, my work explores memory, as well as the camera's capability to convey experience. With my various photographic works, I provide an intimate look into the memories of a shy, private life. Much of my art concentrates around life's seemingly insignificant moments, and my inability to remember these moments. With photography, I do not wish to take from the world around me, but rather to share from the world within me, as an active participant within my work, rather than a passive observer. By utilizing multiple exposures and sequencing techniques, I investigate how I experience and remember my life, along with the people within it.
Second to making photographs, I enjoy buying, selling, and collecting cameras. Cameras made between 1950 and 1980 interest me the most. I love learning about each camera's history, and seeing what kind of results they produce. I sell cameras on my Etsy store, PB Camera. My favorite cameras are my Nikon F, Nikon F2, Pentax LX, Pentax 6x7, and Olympus Pen FT (for digital I use a Nikon Df). My films of choice are Ilford HP5+ for black & white, and Kodak Portra for color.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: When did you discover photography?
A: I first discovered how awesome photography is when I watched my wife take a darkroom photography class while we were sophomores in college. I instantly fell in love and had to try it for myself. At the time, I was really into painting and illustration, but photography soon took over my heart and became my medium of choice.
Q: Are you a professional photographer?
A: No, and I do not wish to be! Weddings, fancy watermarks, and fake smiles make me want to puke. I do paid jobs from time to time, but I ultimately practice photography for myself as an artistic endeavor. My main goal right now is to attain my MFA so I can teach photography at the college or high school level.
Q: If you could only use one camera for the rest of your life, which would it be?
A: If I had to pick just one, it'd be the Nikon F2. It's small, yet built like a tank. It has interchangeable lenses, viewfinders, and focusing screens for any situation. It does multiple exposures for maximum expression. Lastly, it requires no batteries!
Q: Where do you get your film developed?
A: I develop my own black and white film. For color film, I use Bennett Camera in Metairie.
Q: How old are you?
A: I was born on May 17th, 1990. You do the math.
Q: Film or digital?
A: Not long ago I would have firmly said "FILM!" However, I have lately been discovering the advantages and intricacies of digital photography. Both film and digital have their uses, and each can do things the other cannot. Right now I've been focusing on digital photography simply because it's much cheaper, and I'm broke!
Q: Do you have any other hobbies?
A: Let's see... I love riding my Raleigh road bike. I'm the pitcher on a co-ed softball team. I dress up for the renaissance faire. I'm a big fan of H.P. Lovecraft. I spend more time playing video games than I care to admit.
Q: Cats or humans?
-Galex 50, Galesburg Civic Art Center, Galesburg, IL
-Unlucky in Love, Ugly Art Room, Corvallis, OR
- 64 Arts National Juried Exhibition, Buchanan Center for the Arts, Monmouth, IL
(Best Photography Award)
(Best Photography Award)
- 2015 Biennial Quad-State Exhibit, The Quincy Art Center, Quincy, IL
- 71st Annual Wabash Valley Juried Exhibition, Swope Art Museum, Terre Haute, IN
(Eileen Prose Award of Recognition)
- LENS 2015, Perspective Gallery, Evanston, IL
- Art of Darkness: Inspired by the Paranormal, Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts, Fridley, MN
- Friends of the Wilmette Library 31st Annual Juried Art Show, Wilmette Library, Wilmette, IL
- 2013 Biennial Quad-State Exhibit, The Quincy Art Center, Quincy, IL
- First Annual Juried Art Competition Exhibition, Bridgeport Art Center Gallery, Chicago, IL
- 2011 – 2012 Juried Student Exhibition, Len G. Everett Galleries, Monmouth, IL
(Best Photography in Show Award)
Etsy Store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/PBCamera