Gold 2021 / Editorial / Photo Essay (Non-Pro)

Brutalis Amare

  • Prizes
    Gold in Editorial/Photo Essay
  • Photographer
    Brandon Gorrie

"Brutalis Amare" explores the contrast between traditionalism, often glorified literarily in the body of the peasantry, and the modern minimal aesthetic of cement architecture. The brutal fashion of the subjects' environment resembles the ideas of materialist ideology in that one's environment will come to define them, however hindsight has taught us rather that people are malleable and adaptable to their surrounding structures as human beings in spite of the intent that brought those very structures to fruition at the start.

Brandon is a young photo artist who rather enjoys a morning coffee. He grew up in California before moving to Texas in high school in 2011. After graduating from high school in 2015, Brandon found himself a camera and he would often sneak around Austin, Texas construction zones with his little camera and tripod to compose long exposure compositions with and without him inside them. He would dress in all black with a beret and turtleneck for these photos as a dapper 70's Parisian poltergeist. From there he would never put the camera down again.