If you would identify yourself as a millennial in today’s culture, then chances are you’ve seen Brandon Woelfel’s photography. His work can be found on all social media platforms, gracing thousands of Instagram discovery pages and Tumblr feeds. While each photograph he takes is intrinsically different, one thing ties them all together: light. His unique use of the fixture has created a movement among many photographers that cannot be credited to anyone else. While he would be too humble to admit it, Woelfel’s style is iconic. He has achieved what all photographers strive for: Originality in the fiercely competitive world of photography. Much like a Keith Haring painting or a Wes Anderson film, Woelfel’s photographs are highly distinctive and a reflection of who he is as an artist. With each whimsical image he produces, Woelfel is creating influence within the art community and inspiring others to remain faithful to their individuality. Growing up in Long Island, Woelfel’s short commute to the big apple made it easy for him to find creativity as a photographer. “Being just a train ride away from what seems like an entirely different world has always been very influential. The most motivating element of NYC is how diverse and fast paced it is. The energy has driven my art to what it is today.” Without the unique relationships and opportunities to be found in NYC, Woelfel admits his work would be drastically different. While always being interested in the arts, the act of storytelling through a visual medium is what initially spurred Woelfel to create. “My interest in photography came about while studying Computer Art at The School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. Consistently searching for new mediums of art, photography was something I realized went hand in hand with computer art. Having the technical education from schooling while being able to experiment with my photo style independently got me attached to creating.” Brandon Woelfel’s portfolio is overflowing with beautiful faces and beaming lights. Each photograph incorporates colors and themes that fit perfectly with the next, creating a cohesive collection of images. When asked how he initially developed his style, Woelfel replied, “Challenging myself to start shooting in various types of lighting, I fell in love with shooting at night. Within this process I was searching for something that would illuminate the subjects I shoot. While analyzing different light sources and their effects on the model, fairy lights came into play. The accessibility of the lights and their radiant cast on the subject created my desired look.”
On the cover, Brandon Woelfel // Featuring: Cary Fagan, Kiele Twarowski, Lloyd Pursall, Parker Woods and loads more.