Published on September 13th, 2012 | by TGHS Crew0
From commercial clients such as ReAL Salt Lake Soccer to editorial content published in international Snowboard Magazines. Whether he is locally supporting SLUG Magazine (Salt Lake Underground) or covering local events such as the Twilight Summer Concert Series, The Gay Pride Parade, or even setting up a studio photo booth at various club parties throughout the state, Dave Brewer seems to have his hand in almost every area of photography within our community.
“I began shooting photos over 10 years ago simply as a hobby. I mostly shot photos of my friends skateboarding and snowboarding. It wasn’t until about 2006 when I realized that my hobby had turned into a full time profession.” Brewer states. “I decided to pursue photography in college, and graduated from the University of Utah with a BFA in Photography/Digital Imaging. But as anyone who has gone through a similar program will note, an Art Degree will not necessarily set us up for any specific success. I claim to be successful, simply because I am fortunate enough to do what makes me happy. To me, that’s the true measure of life’s success. Call it cliché, call is what you will…”
Brewer claims that he does not like to pigeonhole himself as a specific type of photographer but realizes that there are areas of photography that he prefers over others. “There are just too many interesting things going on in the world to only shoot one particular subject matter.” Despite continuing to expand on his roots of shooting Snowboarding for various magazines mixed with on location or studio portraits, his true passion is possibly photojournalism, particularly street photography. “I love the feeling of having to anticipate a moment that is going to happen and find myself in the right place at the right time and know how to react in order to be able to quickly compose an image, and capture a moment in time that will be forever gone.”
Recently, Brewer has brought a long-term goal to reality by opening up the SLC Photo Collective: A community Collaborative Workspace. “I realized a few years ago that there was a need for a place for photographers to shoot, network, and learn all at the same time. I like the idea of providing opportunities for those that otherwise would not have a place to shoot photos, print images, display work, and push themselves being surrounded by other creatives.” The SLC Photo Collective provides a great opportunity for photographers and we would love to see people take advantage of the incredible resource. The Photo Collective is also a walk in gallery open to the public and Brewer has plans to continue to push the limits of the SLC Photo scene by showcasing both solo and group exhibitions each month. Brewer plans to continue to grow the Photo Collective together with those that want to jump on board to eventually become a well-known solid resource for collaboration and commercial photo shoots. “We have many exciting plans in the near future ranging from classes and workshops to directly collaborating with other creatives and hosting large Art related events. If you would like to find out more about the SLC Photo Collective, simply stop by Mon-Sat 11:00am-7:00pm or check us out online at www.slcphotocollective.org or better yet, connect with us directly onwww.facebook.com/slcphotocollective.”