Photographic artist Geoffrey Vail Brown ventures into a former asylum to produce a series of environmental figure studies, resulting in a one of a kind series of work.
"After spending only a few minutes inside these majestic structures, there is an undeniable sense of what can be best described as a truly unique 'essence of place'. It was this sense of the former Asylum's identity - for lack of a better word - that served as the catalyst for the study in the pages that follow. Attentive craftsmanship, along with the passage of time and whispers of its former self, have combined to breathe a unique feeling of life into the place.
In this spirit, my work began; youth, contrasted with age. Skin contrasted with the textures of years of gentle decay. Stark luminescence meeting sharp edges of shadow. A celebration of the beauty within the ruin."
Geoffrey Vail Brown is an award winning photographer based in Traverse City, MI. He is best known for his signature work with "hybrid" photography - combining film and digital photography to produce works that are seemingly painterly in appearance. Purchasing, commission information and exhibition schedules can be found on his website: www.gvbfineart.com.