Get Featured: Brian Bean


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Get Featured: Brian Bean
In this feature Brian shares with us a project that became a long term piece of work, which has also helped him develop his photographic skill. Come and learn more about the mysterious shopping cart, and its rarely seen mating habits.

I taught myself how to shoot on a Pentax ME 35mm that I found at the thrift store, then began shooting digital a few months later. After several years of shooting digital I began feeling bored with the format and I went back to shooting film – mainly medium format, only I really fell in love with it this time around.

While I was living in San Antonio I was looking for something interesting to shoot. Urban decay and abandoned places always appealed to me and one thing I did notice were all the random shopping carts in drainage ditches all around the city.
We didn’t have drainage ditches in Seattle, where I grew up, so I found them interesting and the idea of shooting all the derelict shopping carts sort of as a joke sounded fun. But the more I sought them out, the more challenging it became because it can be a challenge to make a shopping cart into interesting subject matter.

Focusing on this one mundane subject over a couple years now has made me a better photographer because I am always looking for new ways to see the same subject. I plan to create a book for my family and friends with the photos and hope people get a few chuckles from it, but that’s about it.

Here’s a link to my flickr account:

Thanks for sharing your work with us, Brian. I like this idea, taking something we completely overlook and studying it to find the random beauty in it. Great stuff.
Come on, share with us what you have and get yourself featured.

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5 comments on “Get Featured: Brian Bean”

    Pia May 4, 2016 at 6:42 pm / Reply

    what a great long term project! I would buy the book.

    Dan Castelli May 5, 2016 at 12:18 am / Reply

    Hey Brian,
    You’ve essentially assigned yourself a post-grad photo project. The idea of a book is perfect for this type of a project. Good shooting.

    Mike Hannon May 5, 2016 at 10:51 am / Reply

    Well done Brian! I love it and it’s inspiring to me. A friend of mine took a photo of this shopping cart in the snow a few years back and I’ve always loved it. The contrast of the red cart against the snow and ice makes it an awesome shot. It always made me think about how you can find the beauty in everyday things we normally don’t “see” and your work has done the same. Make a book and I’ll buy it!

    Jeremy May 11, 2016 at 5:12 am / Reply

    These are great! I did a shopping cart serial thing a few years ago too.

    Nitram Seateo October 22, 2016 at 1:19 pm / Reply

    Wonderful perspectives you’ve captured shooting the lowly shopping cart I need all its varieties.

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