Finalist: Jonathan Brooks


Jonathan Brooks

Jonathan Brooks is an award winning photographer, whose work has been exhibited in Miami, New York City, Amsterdam, and the United Kingdom. He has a BS degree in Advertising and Fine Art Photography from the University of Miami. Brooks recently launched Teach & Greet Bilingual Greeting Cards on He is a rare Miami native who currently writes and photographs reviews for and is the shop owner of Jonathan Brooks Visual Arts on

When did you make this photo series?
One initial image was created in July of 2012 specifically for a collaborative effort with other photographers. I then decided to start a series elaborating on that first image in 2013.

What was this project for?
After creating an image I loved for the photography group project that never got off the ground, I decided to create a personal project stemming from that photo in order not to let the photo go to waste.

What is the story behind these images?
The Black Umbrella is truly a classic. In these images I am able to capture its versatility and ability to transform an image of an ordinary character or situation to a grander level.

What equipment did you use?
Canon PowerShot SX20 IS, Nikon D5200, AF-S DX Nikkor 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR, Adobe Photoshop.

What do you think made this project stand out to the judges?
I think all of the images in my project stand out individually, as a group, and are memorable. I believe anyone would agree that they rank very high in terms of the judging criteria of composition, creativity/originality, and artistic ability.

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