Brent Broza Makes A Splash With His Photography
Although Summer has officially ended, in most of SoCal, that is simply a matter of the calendar, not our lifestyles. For some, it is an “Endless Summer,” especially if you happen to be a surfer, or subscribe to that culture. For photographer Brent Broza, every day is about capturing the glory of our charmed climate.
Broza is a self-taught photographer who grew up in Manhattan Beach surrounded by the surf and skateboard culture. His passion for art, sports, and music began at an early age. His parents were also photography buffs, chronicling his early days and adventures in those activities, an interest which was passed along to their precocious offspring.
He began experimenting with film photography in 2004, but it would be years before he considered it more than hobby. As an artist heavily influenced by his earliest surroundings, most of Broza’s photos involved landscapes, surf culture, musicians, and other artists.
Eventually surfing took Broza on the road, from the South Bay, to a few years in Maui, looking for that perfect wave to ride, and other surfers to photograph. In Maui, he found himself with endless subject matter to shoot, from the astounding waves and pro surfers, to the dramatic and brilliant contrasting colors in the sunsets. One lucky day, he captured a photo of Aaron Gold on a Guinness World Record 63 foot wave in Maui, documented as being the largest wave ever to be paddled into by a surfer. The shot earned him the World Surf League’s “Biggest Paddle Award” in 2016. His passion for surfing has taken him all over the world, and his surf shots have been featured in Surfer Magazine, Surfline, The Inertia and others. Now an award-winning photographer, it is his Rothko-inspired horizon line photography that is most distinctive and truly striking.
A solo exhibit, “In the Distance” at the new Square Rhino Projects in Venice, CA features his dramatic and captivating new series. Featuring work from his Fireline and Serenity series in this exhibit, his photographs of blurred horizons are often mistaken for oil paintings, especially as they are printed on canvas. These color-field abstract photos of sunsets and sunrises capture brilliant striations of color in softly blurred images, invoking the sense of tranquility one often feels when standing on the shore of a favorite beach. Living near the ocean his whole life, it is no wonder that Broza has been able to capture such a serene spirit in his work.
The exhibit will be on view at Square Rhino Projects, 1510 Pacific Avenue, Venice CA from October 14th through November 11th, 2017. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 11 AM – 4 PM. To attend the opening night Artist Reception on October 14th from 7-10 PM, please RSVP to PR@SquareRhinoPrpojects.com To see examples of his work and find more information on Brent Broza, please visit http://www.brozaphoto.com