Today we’d like to introduce you to Brian Halbach.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I grew up as an athlete without much of a passion for the visual arts. Basketball was my singular passion until one day my basketball career abruptly ended and thus started my journey of discovering the world and myself. It wasn’t until I was 27 that I began picking up a camera. I enrolled in the Art Institute of Tucson. A great place of learning that built the foundation of my knowledge. With the support of classmates and family, and friends I stayed on my photography journey. Now I combine my knowledge of sports and people to create portraits of different kinds.
Please tell us about your art.
I am a photographer. I love to work with people. Starting out I use to think that I wanted to be a Nat Geo photographer, capturing sweeping landscapes and amazing animals in exotic places. I found my joy in photography was being able to connect to the subject and work together to create something beautiful. A simple corporate headshot can become extraordinary if time is taken with the subject to make them feel comfortable and enjoy the shoot. My passion project at the moment is called #badassfemaleathletes. I want to showcase female athletes as what they are, athletes. I capture the gritty, real side of the female athlete and throw out any of the glamour. I want people to realize the equality females deserve in sports.
Given everything that is going on in the world today, do you think the role of artists has changed? How do local, national or international events and issues affect your art?
I think in the world today artists are more important than ever. The world population consumes and creates insane amounts of art each day. We spend our days’ scrolling, liking, and sharing images that catch our attention. The role of the artist has not changed and I doubt ever will. Artists’ fulfill our need for visual beauty meanwhile they create pieces that open our eyes to injustice and inequality that touch our heart. They show the truth in a way that is appetizing to digest. World events absolutely affect my art. As mentioned previously, Women’s equality is a world issue that has inspired me to create the #badassfemaleathlete series.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
All of my work is seen on social media and my website at the moment. Brianhalbachphotography.com and finding my Instagram handle @brianhalbachphotography. People can support my work by following and liking and sharing my work. Referring stellar female athletes of any age to take part in our photo shoot would be a huge help as well. I want this work to help build on the progress women are making for equality.
- Website: brianhalbachphotography.com
- Phone: 5204451726
- Email: Brihalbach@gmail.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/brianhalbachphotography/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brianhalbachphotography/
All images were made by Brian Halbach.