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Meet Gina Brocker

Today we’d like to introduce to you to Photographer, Gina Brocker.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
At twelve, I spent a large amount of my time photographing my friends while we hung out and did dorky twelve year old stuff. My Mom quickly noticed my interest in photography after stopping by the photo lab to pick up prints after each weekly grocery trip. She kindly lent me her Pentax SLR camera and gave me instructions on how to use the manual settings. I continued to take photographs throughout my teenage years and pursued it further when I decided to attend Art College in Baltimore. It was at the Maryland Institute College of Art that I began to think of photography as much more than a hobby. During my time there, I delved into documenting subcultures and communities as a way to highlight and communicate who we are as people. During a summer study abroad program in Ireland, I began a project showing the rapid transition from child to adult for the Donovans, a family of Irish Travellers. Due to their alternative lifestyle and customs, the transition into adulthood was expedited and once the comforts of childhood were diminished, expectations were met and roles were filled. This transition is not independent to the Traveller Community; but instead is something most can empathize with. I continued this project over several years and during this time, I completed my Masters in Documentary Photography at the University of Wales. When a friend from the course asked me to help her photograph a friend’s wedding, I agreed and found it incredibly exciting and fulfilling. Having the permission and accessibility to document the array of interactions, emotions and stories that take place during a wedding lead me to begin photographing them full time. When these same couples began starting families, they came back to me to have their children photographed in the same documentary style that tells a story and shares who we are. After eight years of documenting weddings and families throughout Ireland, Europe and New England, each time is still exciting and fulfilling. I’m so grateful I can do what I love while creating photographs that will allow people to relive the moments they want to hold on to.

Please tell us about your art.
I believe the most wonderful things happen when people are allowed to be themselves. This simple idea helps me to create photographs that are authentic, honest, and full of life; photographs that will stand the test of time and have couples and families reliving real moments all over again. Making people comfortable is extremely important to me.

Soon after I arrive, they completely forget about my camera and simply be. I work discreetly and efficiently, and am always anticipating what’s next so I don’t miss a beat. I am very aware and capture the big moments as well as the ones couples and families never noticed. My photographs reflect who people are and tell their unique story in a true and incredible way.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing artists today?
Artists are able to share and show their work faster than ever before and technology has removed barriers that we previously faced. Because of the constant bombardment of images we see throughout our day, images need to be that much more compelling to get our attention, communicate and make an impact. This challenge will, and has, certainly created incredible artwork and it’s exciting that it’s so accessible for everyone.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I was honored and delighted to receive the Grand Prize at the Nikon Discovery Awards, to be selected for the 25 Under 25 Up and Coming American Photographers, and to have my work shown through exhibitions and publications including the British Journal of Photography and The Sunday Times.

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Image Credit:
Photo of myself by Channing Johnson

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