About Me: I am a husband, a father, a son, a brother and a friend to those I’ve been fortunate enough to have in my life. I was born in Maryland, USA and have lived in many different states throughout my life. California provided a great foundation, Missouri is where I first really found my emotion, a bit of depression then lifelong friends and ultimately myself. Illinois is where I found started to find my artistic outlets through music, painting, drawing and writing. I spent the next few years from my late teens to my early 20’s alternating between college and couch tripping around the U.S. skateboarding, playing in bands and drawing. In my mid 20’s I found my love, my family, my tribe and my life where I currently reside in Jacksonville, Florida.
Photography came to me as a form of expression that I could share with my family as well as individually. I did not intend to become a photographic artist when I first set out. Where I truly fell in love with photographic arts was in the early days of mobile photography where I found a wonderful community of creatives like myself who inspired me. I took the leap to a rangefinder camera which deepened my love for freezing time, finding and manipulating light, finding my personal vision and striving to capture and create what my imagination inspires me to. This solidified my journey into photographic arts and I have been very fortunate to have opportunities to create and collaborate for and with many amazing people and clients around the world.
I developed a love for double exposures when I was young and used to play with disposable cameras. At first it was an accident, the camera wouldn’t advance the film forward, a flaw in the camera which turned out to be a creative blessing. A portrait came to life with the same person shown twice on the image with seemingly contradictory emotions captured in the same image. Magic! This stayed with me until my adult years when I started using larger, more expensive equipment that turned the accident into intentional acts. Now I enjoy the challenge of creating multiple exposures as they often combine the best of two worlds, environments or landscapes and portraits and create a narrative that can be appreciated in or out of context.
I find myself moving people into better light during casual conversation because that’s how I see them. I find beauty in color, shape, light and shadow. Becoming a professional photographer/artist brought about a number of challenges but specializing was the most difficult aspect for me. There is so much beauty in this world to focus on one avenue. My inspiration comes mainly from my family and my personal work is always rooted in real life events or interactions. If you’ve made it this far, thank you for your interest. If you have questions or are interested in working together please send me a note.
Thank you and best,
OMEGA | Oxygen Channel | Michelin | The Macallan | Infosys | Rememory (film) | Atresmedia
The Huffington Post | PetaPixel | BAK Magazine | IGNANT | My Modern Met | Fubiz | Behance
The Inspiration Grid | Business Insider
I asked my friend Mike to write a brief introduction for me for a publication called SHOOTERMAG in 2014. What he wrote flattered me beyond belief.
Brandon Kidwell has the rare ability to write an entire book of stories in each and every photo he creates. Mind bending visual masterpieces that look like they would be on the dust jacket of a best selling novel, that convinced you to buy the book on the cover alone. The longer you stare at them the more the story unfolds, until you realize you’ve read all chapters in one sitting.
It’s not often you see an artist as diverse in his craft and still able to have such precision. Kidwell can move from vibrant color to stark black and white effortlessly, or go from heavily edited brain teasers to crisp minimal shots with ease while still displaying his footprint. Tackling all genres of photography instead of just concentrating on one specific look, Brandon adapts to his environment and makes it all flow together to give you the best version of what he sees.
Kidwell spends most of his free time, while not out shooting, with his wife and three kids on their miniature farm in Jacksonville, Florida. A Financial Analyst by day and a visual storyteller by night, when his newborn son allows him the time, Brandon is a humble and sincere guy always willing to help out and lend advice. He still finds time to stay active in the photography community and is not afraid to expose his techniques on with the Mobile Photography movement.
Kidwell’s style of double exposure portrait work is one of his more sought-after series. The look of those pieces feel like they are from memories that you never experienced, but can still relate to. His work is definitely on the rise, and I look forward to seeing more from my friend, and talented artist.
Michael Hill @frankensinatra