50 States – Oregon with Brendon Burton
Brendon Burton – “I couldn’t create what I do anywhere else”
This week Creative Chair is in Portland, Oregon where we’re talking with photographer Brendon Burton for the 34th Edition of our 50 States series.
Brendon’s photography often combines artistic abstract elements with landscape/architectural scenes.
Tell us a little bit more about yourself and what you do
My name is Brendon Burton, I am a photographer based in Portland, Oregon. I shoot landscapes and environmental portraits, ranging from fine art to documentary.
How has your state influenced the work that you do?
Oregon is my home state, I grew up and developed my entire style through my experiences I’ve had here. I think the sheer variety of landscapes has given me so much to work with, I couldn’t create what I do anywhere else.
Of your own work, what is your favourite project and why?
I would have to say my favorite project is one called Western Gothic, a series of images of the new American west that focuses on small towns the dark themes that take place in them.
Shot over the course of three road trips I had an opportunity to explore so many abandoned and forgotten places. It was a lot of fun to shoot.
And finally, if you died and got reincarnated as a song, what would that song be?
Ceremony by New Order
- Became the 33rd Sate February 14, 1859
- Oregon has a greater number of ghost towns than any other state in North America.
- Formed by a collapsed volcano, Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the United States (350 meters)
Brendon Burton is the 128th winner of our 366 Award.
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