Most of my work has always been photography oriented. I love working in a darkroom with large negatives, creating works that are contact printed, like Van Dykes. But in the real world of balancing life, I find I am more focused on capturing moments. I allow myself time to grab a shot, but do not have the time to labor in the darkroom. Even with programs like Photoshop, I can get carried away with adjustments of original images. Therefore, most of the artwork I am currently creating is truly a capturing of a moment in time—occasionally tweaked to give off the feelings I have when taking the photos, but barely altered beyond the size of the print. My goal is to have others see and feel what I see through my camera lens.
I work in limited editions. This gives the images a sense of delicacy like darkroom prints. Digital prints don’t decompose at the same rate as sliver gelatin; they also won’t have the nuances like those created by hand. If I limit the amount of prints I create, the value of the buyer’s investment won’t drop. If anything, it will increase.
I photograph mostly around Indianapolis and on vacations with my family. I love cars and architecture—you will find many in my portfolio. I love the timelessness in photographs without a prominent human figure; it puts me into the space alone, without anyone else.
While I have won some awards with my work, I feel my best accomplishment is my participation in the “Celebration of Hoosier Women Artists” sponsored by former Lt. Governor Becky Skillman.
–Brenda Hamaker Jalaie