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Meet Todd Bradley

Today we’d like to introduce you to Todd Bradley.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
Todd Bradley (1970, Detroit, USA) Has lived in San Diego for over 30 years, 20 years in Normal Heights with his husband Walter, and their two Rat Terriers, Gus and Hank. They co-own Walter Todd hair salon on Park Blvd. Before opening the salon and cutting and coloring hair, Todd was designing fine art jewelry. Needing to document his work, he bought a macro lens and taught himself how to photograph shiny things with minimal reflections and with a few occasional classes and workshops his photography progressed into and art form. Todd draws inspiration from photographers Lori Nix and David Levinthal. Todd’s attention to detail when building his dioramas to photograph are superb. He mostly works in a scale of 1:87 using train figures. Todd is currently working on a project based around D-Day and his grandfather’s experience fighting in the Pacific Theater. All the war scenes will be shot within his mini set. Todd hand paints most of the pieces and figures and has 3-D printed ships and tanks that were deployed in Normandy for this project.

Todd was named 2018 “New Talent of the Year” by the London Creative Awards and has exhibited in numerous groups shows in museum and galleries worldwide. His work has been published internationally. Todd is also a founding member of Snowcreek Collaborative.

Please tell us about your art.
As an artist, I like to explore different mediums and styles to express my views. My work focuses on decay, whether it is seedpods, structures or our society. I believe the current state of photography is mirroring the early 1900’s when Kodak introduced the Brownie camera to the masses. Today, we have the cell phone. In both times, Cameras became common and artists took notice. As the Modernists once did, I want to push the medium in new ways. Using a tradition photography foundation, I digitally altering my photographs or use micro child-like dioramas to discuss social issues facing us.

I chose train figures in HO/ 1:87 scale because of the realistic qualities in poses yet are a childlike in their appearance. There is a relatable quality to them. Most people find them humorous and I find that is a good way to work through a social issue. I used this as a way to address our current political climate and current events playing out in miniature form. People relate immediately to the figures but when it hit them they aren’t real they are already invested in the image and decipher what’s happening.

My series “The State of America” takes on a number of issues such as Immigration, religion, the Woman’s March, Opioid addiction, free speech, torture, self-image and many more topicals. My diorama series “The State of America” won honorable mention in the Tokyo photography awards and Top prize of “Talent of The Year” from the London Creative Awards.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing artists today?
Honestly, Funding. Especially for fine artists. Documentary and photo journalism get more in way of grants, but fine art photographers rely on sales and most of the time they don’t come close to breaking even. and with a lot of galleries closing their physical space things will get even tougher.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I almost always have work hanging in the salon or in the gallery in the back. And I often show in Los Angeles Center for Photography and Center for fine art photography, Colorado and the Griffin museum in Boston. I’ll be showing in Rome this fall and will also be participating in the San Diego Medium Festival of Photography portfolio walk on Oct 18 7-10 pm in the Lafayette ballroom, free to the public. I will be showing new work based around D-Day and my grandfather’s time there, all learned through photos and memorabilia found after he passed. People can also see my other portfolios on my website

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