100 Creatives

63: Brenda Eden

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I came to Phoenix with . . . my friends from the suburbs in the middle of the night to go to raves at places like the Icehouse, Rancho de Los Muertos and Chupa. And then I didn't come back for years. When I did come back, it was on the 531 Express bus to work at the City of Phoenix in the Streets Department making maps. I started realizing there was a lot going on in Phoenix and started getting more and more involved and brought my camera everywhere with me.

I make art because . . . Photography gives me the perfect excuse to do two things I love: meet people and explore places. I love the magic of photography...I see it as science and art intersecting...Photography has made me fascinated with light and it's this tool that captures light. It's also been a way for me to connect to my dad who passed away a few years ago - it's because of him that I took high school photography classes, studied it in college, and had enough money to buy a good camera and lens. I also use photography to document my life, I just have a huge need to make sure I have a record of it.

I'm most productive when . . . I get up as early as I possibly can in the morning and I know I have a lot of fun things that will be happening later in the day. The energy of looking forward to things later in the day, but having the time to myself while it's still dark outside and the sun is just coming up (and I have coffee) seems to work like a charm for thinking, dreaming, working and creating.

My inspiration wall is full of . . . images from magazines and old photographs from antique stores that I taped to a wall in my office one night two summers ago. There was a monsoon storm happening that night and I went outside to see the rain and ended up tripping and having to go to urgent care to fix a big gash on my face. So my inspiration wall is kind of outdated and every time I look at it I am reminded of the little scar on my face from the fall. It's time to make a new one, but I also use Pinterest a lot and find it really helpful to reference for inspiration and ideas. And lately I am loving Instagram as a way to work through my ideas for images and get feedback quickly from the people who follow me.

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Claire Lawton
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