50th Annual Scarab Club Photography Exhibition

I have been selected to exhibit one of my newest pieces from my ‘My Dark Ophelia’ Series, in the 50th Annual Scarab Club Photography Exhibition from May 12-June 26th, 2021 in Detroit, MI.

Which one? Well, visit the exhibition and see for yourself!

Due to Covid protocols, if you would like to attend the Reception on Friday, May 14th, you may register here.  I hope to see some familiar faces!

“For five decades the SC has hosted an annual unthemed photography exhibition, primarily showcasing the work of artists from the metro Detroit area. The exhibition is unthemed and expansive in the wide range of photographic technique, subject matter, and expression of the medium.”

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS
Jim Aho, Sylvia Bandyke, Jerry Basierbe, Robert Beras, Charles Carroll, Vincent Cervantez, Alexander Clegg, David Clements, Nathan Davidson, John Diephouse, Jessica Dietz, Amber Dietz, Myles Gallagher, Kelsey Clare Gaskell, Daniela Gobetti, Erin Gordish, Kate Gowman, Lawrence Hamilton, Bruce Harkness, Steven Hauptmann, Kassie Hyde, Mario Inchaustegui, Rob Kennedy, Brett J Lawrence, Laurie Lee, Cheryl Maus, Janice Milhem, Katherine Mollon, Danyell Nefe, Tia Nichols, Teresa Petersen, Matthew Raupp, J. Gordon Rodwan, Tom Stoye, Pat Vartanian, Jonathan Wassenaar, Anne Weber, Rosa Maria Zamarron, Rebecca Zeiss

JUROR
Ralph Jones’ skills as a photographer have earned him a respected place among Detroit artists. Jones is perhaps best known for his photographs of the culture and community of the city of Detroit. He has shared his knowledge as a mentor for the Focus Hope: Focus on the Mission project, and exhibited his photography widely, including at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit Artist Market, Focus Hope Photography Festival, Norwest Gallery and the Scarab Club.

The Caelyn Session

Welcome to The Caelyn Session.

Thank you, Sheri and Michael, for entrusting me to preserve this moment in Caelyn’s life for her Senior year portraits, and for being my last session of 2020.  What a way to end the year!

Being able to reconnect after all these years, dodging State Park security personnel, and catching those perfect moments inbetween cloud formations made for a wonderful day of shooting.  Your flexibility with being able to extend our session to a 2nd day to capture the perfect shots in the backroads made this session, and images, even more memorable.

Caelyn, thank you for being committed to this with such an open mind and bright spirit, and for allowing us to see all sides of your beautiful, artistic personality.  Given Michigan’s weather this time of year, you nailed every location and every smile with a true sense of Power and Grace.  Best wishes on your Senior year and on your adventures, wherever they may lead!

Caelyn Schoemann Session 2021
Caelyn Schoemann Session 2021
Caelyn Schoemann Session 2021
Caelyn Schoemann Session 2021
Caelyn Schoemann Session 2021
Caelyn Schoemann Session 2021
Caelyn Schoemann Session 2021
Caelyn Schoemann Session 2021
Caelyn Schoemann Session 2021
Caelyn Schoemann Session 2021
Caelyn Schoemann Session 2021
Caelyn Schoemann Session 2021
Caelyn Schoemann Session 2021
Caelyn Schoemann Session 2021
Caelyn Schoemann Session 2021
Caelyn Schoemann Session 2021
Caelyn Schoemann Session 2021

If you are looking for on-location High School Senior session, one that truly captures your Son or Daughters unique personality, contact me.  Click here for FAQs, contact info and pricing.

Belle Isle Nights

The best therapy I can offer myself when the World is full of shit is some quiet time with my camera roaming around Detroit at night in the cold.

 

Each image is available in print.  $225.00.  16×20″ Prints.  (Long dimension of image is 12″ centered on 16×20 white archival paper.)  Only 10 prints are being made, each one numbered, signed and  dated.  Watermark will not be visible on final prints.  Contact me today.

 

#BelleIsle #BelleIsleNights #Detroit #SonyA7iii #solitude #MichiganPhotographer #PixelTherapy #SoColdInTheD

 

Selections from Bound Together

In honor of Devils Night, I am releasing three images from a series I shot earlier in the year, inspired by Dante’s Inferno, with two dear Friends.  4 images of mine were selected to be in the Darkerkant Show in Hamburg, Germany, aboard the Cap San Diego, but due to Covid-19 was postponed until 2021.  I will post all 4 images closer to the show, but in the meantime, I offer you selections from Bound Together.

Bound Together
Photography © Brett J Lawrence 2020
Bound Together
Photography © Brett J Lawrence 2020
Bound Together
Photography © Brett J Lawrence 2020

My Dark Ophelia

For what was supposed to be my submissions for the Damned 13 Exhibition this year (which got cancelled due to Covid-19), I had these images floating around in my head that needed to be photographed.  Having wanted to work with the beautiful Sugar Monroe in some capacity, especially in a way that challenged her physically, I immediately reached out to her.  I cannot express enough how honored I am that she said yes!

The beautiful, dark, emotional results follow.  So even though Damned 13 won’t be taking place this year, I offer you My Dark Ophelia.

My Dark Ophelia
Model: Sugar Monroe
Photographer: Brett J Lawrence
My Dark Ophelia
Model: Sugar Monroe
Photographer: Brett J Lawrence
My Dark Ophelia
Model: Sugar Monroe
Photographer: Brett J Lawrence
My Dark Ophelia
Model: Sugar Monroe
Photographer: Brett J Lawrence
My Dark Ophelia
Model: Sugar Monroe
Photographer: Brett J Lawrence
My Dark Ophelia
Model: Sugar Monroe
Photographer: Brett J Lawrence

The Vampira Session

An Artist, Burlesque Icon, and most importantly to me, Friend, Natalie May approached me to work with her on her first time back in front of a camera for a Vampira concept.

Be sure to attend ‘Magenta DeMure Presents: Monster Mash! A Virtual Revue‘ on October 25, 2020.

We have never shot together before, aside from when I would steal her pixels on-stage during her high-energy, provocative burlesque performances.

I did not hesitate.  As a matter of fact, I jumped.

I jumped so fast at the opportunity that as a way of saying thank you I insisted that we take advantage of the Full Harvest Moon that would be shining brightly (fingers crossed) on her upcoming Birthday.

To you, Natalie, I thank you.  I thank you for your Passion, your Artistry, and your Friendship all these years.  I hope the portraits we created on that dark, magical, Harvest Moon night, as well as that chilly afternoon, make Maila Nurmi herself honored that you have so beautifully picked up the Vampira mantle.

Vampira Harvest Moon 2020
Model: Natalie May
Image by Brett J Lawrence
Vampira Harvest Moon 2020
Model: Natalie May
Image by Brett J Lawrence
Vampira Harvest Moon 2020
Model: Natalie May
Image by Brett J Lawrence
Vampira by Natalie May
Image by Brett J Lawrence
Vampira by Natalie May
Image by Brett J Lawrence
Vampira by Natalie May
Image by Brett J Lawrence

Mr. Circus

 
“Let’s shoot a new series of Satori portraits, Brett, different from our typical shoots.  I don’t want to pose, or be acting.  I was to be… serious. Any ideas for locations?” – Russ Taylor

 

“John King Used Books.  Period.” – Me

 

Let the fun begin…

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Because this was a different approach to our history of portraits sessions, I was compelled to ask some questions to get into the mind of my good Friend… to understand a little bit more.

 

What was it about John King Used Books that intrigued you for a photo shoot?
i have been going to John King books for a long time. loved the environment and wanted to have fun in it as SC. i don’t do enough serious photography, and also this gave me that chance to show myself, and others that i’m capable of that…hahaha..right! -SC

 

What is different about this shoot from others you typically do?
a lot of pics i do with other photographers are fun, goofy, surreal, slapstick, fetishy, adult. this was exploring a different side to SC. a side that exists all the time. -SC

 

Where do you see SC going from here?
oh, i see sc going everywhere, just like before. i’m not stopping this creation from taking over small plots of land or flesh. i see it constantly evolving. some aspects of course do this quicker than other areas or aspects…but i see it never stopping. even well after i’ve left this plain! -SC

 

Thank you to John King and his staff at one of Detroit’s most iconic businesses.  You’ve always been welcoming to me and my camera lens, and it is always a pleasure roaming your aisles and hearing your stories.  You made this photo shoot all the more memorable.

 

Check out John King Used Books when you have the chance.

Booking Now for Class of 2018 Senior Photo Sessions

high school senior photos

I am now booking for Class of 2018 Senior photo sessions!

If you are looking to deviate from the ordinary studio-lit photo sessions and really want to have your son or daughter shine in a unique setting, contact me today.  We can discuss location options which are geared specifically to your Senior and will make them feel right at home.  Whether in or around your home or property, in a nearby town, industrial setting or downtown city, I have covered them all.  I am looking for some new challenges this year, so bring it!

Scheduled for 3 hours, I focus on creating a casual, stress-free environment.  Consisting of 2-3 outfit changes, the variety of images you will receive in the end will surprise you.

Click Here to Read FAQ About My Sessions<

If your son or daughter attends De La Salle Collegiate High School or Regina High School you will receive a $50 discount.

“It is one thing to photograph people. It is another to make others care about them by revealing the core of their humanness.” -Paul Strand

Here are my Class of 2018 Senior Photo Session options

Package 1: $400.00

  • 3 Hours
  • 3 Locations max. (Add’l travel expenses may apply if extensive.)
  • 2-3 outfit changes
  • 2 USB memory sticks containing ALL images, deliverable within 2 weeks
  • You receive all electronic images, color corrected, both in Hi Res (300 dpi for Print) and Lo Res (72 dpi for social media, email, etc.)
  • You retain ALL copyrights, both print and electronic, to the images.

Package 2: $500.00 (Same as above with the addition of the following prints)

  • 20-wallets (5 images max.)
  • 4-5×7”
  • 4-8×10/8×12”
  • 1-16×20”

Click Here to View Available Sessions <

*Availability is limited to one session per day, usually morning (9-Noon) or afternoon (4-7pm) on the weekends only.  This allows for flexibility when it comes to Michigan’s weather as we may need to switch times.  Special arrangements can be made for other times, if necessary.

Contact Me to Schedule Your Session <

Feel free to check out some of my session work below.  I look forward to working with you and your Senior this year!

 

 

 

 

Satori Circus Print Sale

Everyone loves a clown.  And I know you want this handsome fella hanging on your wall.

Rather than sitting in storage, I am offering these 1st run 16×20″ framed prints of my Satori Circus Theater Series for only $60.00 each (originally $125.00), shipping included.  If necessary, I will even hand deliver them to you!  Spread the word!  Of the original 15 images, only 1 print of each was made and only 14 are left.

To read my post about the origination of this Series, click this LINK.

Contact me now and let’s make this happen

The Beauty in Shadow & Light

Beauty can be found in the darkest of Shadows

or in the brightest of Light.

It is for You to decide where to look.

I offer you a compilation video of a series of Butoh performances done by my Friend, and Artist, Satori Circus at The Damned Exhibition in 2016.  Accompanying him, creating the beautifully dark aural landscape, is the very talented Dixon with his violin.

This was my first real attempt at documenting… in real time… a performance artist.  It was a challenge.  I need to expand my reportoire… find new ways of expressing myself… new ways of capturing the moments of my Life.  Every time I watch this it feels like I am there again… in that space… feeling every emotion…raw.  Perfect.

Tell me.  How do you feel?  What do you see?

 

Foggy Goodness

When the weather is unseasonably warm and gives you the gift of fog, it’s best you take full advantage of it.

Lights in Fog I, Macomb Community College by Brett J Lawrence 2017

 

Trees in Fog I, Macomb Community College by Brett J Lawrence 2017

Michigan Burlesque Festival 2016

OK, seriously.  If you haven’t been to downtown Detroit, or any of the other midwest cities with a vibrant and exciting Burlesque scene yet, get off your ass and get out there!  My images here should speak to exactly what I am talking about.

For an inside view of the shenanigans, click HERE.

The 4th Annual Michigan Burlesque Festival is an exotic, erotic, classy and sexy celebration of all things burlesque.  Having only caught the 2nd night of this weekend festival, I was still able to capture the true essence of the performers.  Thank you to the following performers for sharing your artistic visions with all of us:

 Ginger Rockwood, Leena Allure, Boobs Radley, Ed Venture/Fae La Flame, Lottie Ellington, Honey La Fae, Mister Twister, Shrimp Cocktail, Chaz Boudoir, Josephine Rebellious, Satori Circus, Lolo Lombard, Eliza Sidecar, Dahlia Deluxe, Ophelia Coeur de Noir, Lily Rascal, Holly Hock, Scarlette McBain, Nada Von Daring, Nakita Kat, Gin Fizz, Kevlar Lighting, Ray Gun and Dangrr Doll

Last Season at The Corner

Last Season at The Corner

Photo Essay, Summer 1999

With all the changes taking place at the corner of Michigan and Trumbull these days with Detroit PAL taking over the site and building a new turf-based youth baseball facility, I wanted to post the series of photographs I took of the last season in 1999 before the Tigers moved to Comerica Park.  While my Family would sit and watch the games, I would wander around with my old Yashica Mat 124 or my Nikon 35mm through the old aisleways and try to capture what I thought truly represented that beautiful old structure.  The shadows, the architecture, the people…whatever caught my eye.  It was tough, though, knowing that eventually this place would no longer exist.  I wanted to capture every square inch of the place, but that was just unrealistic, so I just used my gut.  I think I did the old place justice.

I will always have a place in my heart for The Corner.

A special thank you and dedication of this post to the Navin Field Grounds Crew for their tireless dedication to maintaining this site over the past 6 years.  From an abandoned and overgrown field to a beautiful green grass manicured ball field, available to all to continue playing ball on this historic site, I hold you all with the highest respect.  My Boys and I both thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

Contact me if you would like to purchase any of my images from the set.

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Satori Circus: Coming to a T-shirt near you…

Coming soon to a black t-shirt near you: Satori Circus Triptych Heads!

Based on the interest level, I plan on releasing a limited run of these halftone Satori Circus head T-shirts based on my original photograph from 2010.  You too can own one, or two, or all three of the images.

Halftone tshirt concept art using my original copyrighted photographs of Satori Circus.
Halftone tshirt concept art using my original copyrighted photographs of Satori Circus.

Satori Circus Triptych - © Brett J Lawrence, 2010
Satori Circus Triptych – © Brett J Lawrence, 2010

Whaddya think?  Anyone wanna walk around town with a clown on their chest?

Leave your comments below so I can decide.

-BJL

So this is happening today…

Alumni Exhibition 2015 SHU

Alumni Exhibition 2015 SHU - Panorama

Join Klemm Gallery in welcoming Kelly Burke (’07) and Brett J. Lawrence (’95), our featured artists in the 2015 Alumni Exhibition from 6-8pm.

Burke’s abstract paintings “…focus on process and physicality of paint. The repetitious layering of, taking away, and re-application of color underneath automatic scrawling, scratching and mark-making express [her] inner psyche…”

Lawrence’s photographs document a collaborative project with performance artist Satori Circus, in which the two explore “…things that [they] each hold dear…photography, performance art and the history of an oftentimes struggling city with its beautiful historic theaters.”

This Friday, Studio Angelico will play host to the Homecoming Weekend Welcome Reception, and Klemm Gallery will be open to the public. Satori Circus, the subject of Lawrence’s photos, will perform in the gallery throughout the reception, and the artists will give a brief gallery talk at 7pm.