I’m interested in the history and stories of locations. Getting lost amongst and within the buildings, cityscapes and landscapes, I archive the forgotten spaces to tell the tales of these sites.
As a reaction to a life spent living in and photographing the city I’m driven to explore and document the city but also in parallel, the natural environment. The process is intuitive; about being and experiencing and then showing how this felt through images and film. The sublime is a key concept within my process and output, as I aim to understand its context within alternative locations. Taking inspiration from paintings within the Romantic era, I use small details and studies of the landscape to create larger scale works that become my interpretation of a location.
Through the act of building images, I aim to capture the forms and rhythms of nature and the city. Often as imagined or re-imagined scenes, I aim to create a heightened sense of place and the audience's interaction with it.
In my practice I use photography, film and digital technology as a prism for seeing and experiencing the world, particularly the natural and urban landscape. I then process and build on what I’ve recorded, presenting this to an audience through immersive experiences.
CV & Education
Andrew Brooks is a photographer, digital artist and film maker.
Born 1977 UK - Based in Manchester, UK.
Phone: 0781 613 9846
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS /
2017 The Library and the Mountain: Photography exhibition at the Portico, Manchester.
2017 Secret Cities Aberdeen: Photography exhibition, Marischal Collage, part of Spectra Aberdeen Festival of Light.
2016 Field Studies - Odin's Gully. Film piece and collaboration with sound artist Simon Connor, StudioBook Group Exhibtion, Artwork Atelier, Manchester.
2015 Immersion Iceland: Film project, Spectra Festival of Light, Aberdeen, Scotland.
2014 New Worlds: Lead Artist at Art and Algorithms Digital Arts Festival, Titusville, Florida, USA.
2014 Immersion Manchester, film project, Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester, England.2013 Secret Cities Sittard Geleen: Museum Het Domein, Sittard, Netherlands.
2012 ‘Home’ Group Exhibition: Cornerhouse, Manchester, England.
2012 Digital Romantics Group Exhibition: The Crossley Gallery, Dean Clough, Halifax and Aubin Gallery London, England.
2011 - 2014 BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Collaboration, England.
2011 Secret Cities Zoetermeer: Stadsmuseum Zoetemeer, Netherlands.
2011 New Worlds: The Hive, Manchester, England.
2010 MIDAS Photography of Manchester: MIDAS, Manchester, England.
2010 Pingyao International Photography Festival: Old Town, Pingyao, Shanxi Province, China.
2009 MOSI: Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester, England.
2009 PX3 Essence of Water: Farmani Gallery, Brooklyn, USA.
2008-09 Hidden Manchester: URBIS, Manchester, England.
2016 Visiting Speaker: University of Salford.
2014 Visiting Speaker: Manchester University.
2012 Photography Talk: Note to Self, Creative Consortium, Cornerhouse.
2012 Photography Workshop: Manchester Metropolitan School of Art.
2011 Workshop: Erasmus College Zoetermeer, Netherlands.
2010 Photography Talk: Northern Digitals, MAD Lab, Manchester.
Ongoing – Showcase and Workshops: Museum of Science and Industry.
Ongoing – Showcase and Workshops: Carmel College, St Helens.
2015 Immersion Iceland: Reykjavik.
2014 Art and Algorithms, lead artist at Digital Arts Festival, Titusville, Florida, USA
2013 Secret Cities Sittard Geleen: Museum Het Domein, Netherlands.
2011 Secret Cities Zoetermeer: Stadsmuseum, Zoetermeer, Netherlands.
2013 Museum Het Domein, Sittard, Netherlands.
2011 Stadsmuseum Zoetemeer, Netherlands.
2010 MOSI Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester, England, eight pieces detailing the museums collection.
2012 Skyliner (Blog).
2011 In Pictures: Wired Raw File Section, UK and US.
2009 Andrew Brooks, Popular Photography (Magazine), China.
2009 Andrew Brooks, dpi (Magazine), Taiwan.
2016 Winning artist in the Greater Manchester Emerging Contemporary Artist Prize.
2013 Lumen Prize, Global Award for Digital Art.
2009 Winners Showcase Prix de la Photographie Paris exhibited Brooklyn, USA.