Brandon Campeaux is a Creative Director based in Portland. Brandon’s clients include Twentieth Century Fox, Paramount/DreamWorks, MGM, Warner Brothers, NBC Universal, Sony Pictures Television, Apple, GAP, Nike, Mattel, and many more. Brandon is film snob and has sworn off all forms of digital photography. He currently shoots experimental analog. In a past life, he taught photography-based courses like colour theory.
When did you start taking photos and what inspired you?
I was four. I found a Polaroid camera in the closet and was entranced by it but the battery was dead so my father bought me a quite dated 35mm camera that used those one-time-use 5-pack flash bulbs—you’d take a picture and a crackling explosion would occur. My first captures were of the Northridge Earthquake aftermath—they’re terrible. I always feared I would forget memories I held dearly as a child so I felt capturing them in a photograph would help me hold onto them. It wasn’t so much inspiration that sparked interest in photography but instead a severe case of undiagnosed OCD which I thankfully no longer have.
What type of photography is your favorite and why?
Genderfuck in high fashion. I’m always fascinated by a man who finds a woman attractive in a publication only to later find out that woman was actually a man (or v.v.). Once a person acknowledges that their feelings of attraction were genuine for someone of the same sex it can lead to greater openness/acceptance. Andrej Pejić is a great example.
What do you prefer – color or black and white photography?
I don’t have a preference between the two but I prefer bleach bypassed blacks and if the photo is colour—high saturation and wild colour-shifts common in cross-processing (chemical not digital).