The Photographic Alphabet: B is for Adrien Broom's "Being"
By Liana DeMasi
What does it mean to be?—alone, together, around, explorative, self-reflective. Adrien Broom explores the concept of being in her series of the same name. Shot at the United Kingdom’s Wentworth Woodhouse, “Being” demands us to explore the idea of self and connection—both to ourselves, others, and the rest of the world.
There is a glow that is present throughout the entire series, perhaps representing the inner self. Most tangibly, we see a figure in a glowing, white dress. She is a dichotomous presence in the darker, cloudy setting—a light amid the shadows.
Her ghostly appearance has an eerie quality. Perhaps eerie isn't the correct word—her presence is not an insidious one, but one that seems to hold the secret to self-awareness. She appears eerie only because the journey towards self-enlightenment can be a lonely, dark, mysterious one.
Her individual presence is broken up between human and animal connection. Their dynamic is not hostile, nor is it outwardly familiar, a reminder that an exploration of self is coupled with interaction with others.
The loneliness present in this series is met with undeniable beauty. The location, Broom’s craft, the glow—everything is intentional, everything has been thoroughly thought out. These assets illuminate the fact that our journey through life, while lonely and daunting, is coalesced with beauty.
© Images courtesy of Adrien Broom.
© Article by Liana DeMasi.