Craig Brabson’s photography series Rust Abstracts/Rusting Earth features images of metal in transitions of decay. He explains, “Rusting metal, roadside signs, doors . . . everyday sights, each offering an image of beauty all of its own.”

Like proponents of the “pure” photography movement that began in the ’30s with artists like Ansel Adams, Brabson’s process is slow. He prefers not to shoot thousands of photographs but rather five or six, believing that “overshooting takes away the intentionality of the media.”

When Brabson finds a subject he loves, he determines exactly where and how he wants to shoot it. Unlike photographers who manipulate through darkroom processes or digital means, Brabson believes that what he composes in the camera using natural light will determine the final image.  

The finished product is stunning, with unique color and geometric abstractions. He strives to make “images that speak to something enduring and timeless, that stir something within.”

In Orchestral Brabson abstracts manmade metal into an organic, terrestrial surface. He uses light to alter the colors and creates textures for viewers to contemplate and enjoy. He notes, “A moment of color and clarity may be waiting where I least expect it.”

Brabson has exhibited work in galleries and festivals across the U.S., including a solo show at Cheekwood when he was only 24. Since he’s from Nashville, he wanted a space where he could continue an artistic dialogue with his community. The Craig Brabson Fine Art Photography Gallery debuted in the Arcade during the March Downtown Art Crawl.   

For more information about Craig Brabson visit www.craigbrabson.com.

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