Feast your eyes on Aspen’s newest gallery, Brooke Casillas (205 S. Mill St.). The just-opened space features Casillas’ brilliant photography and is sure to become a mainstay on town’s acclaimed art scene. Aspen Peak recently met with this longtime local to discuss her craft and inspiration.
Where do you find inspiration for your photographs?
BROOKE CASILLAS: From all aspects of daily life. Living in Aspen I have a beautiful backdrop, but also day-to-day things such as fashion, people, and other cultures.
How did you get into photography?
BC: I’ve been interested in photography since I can remember, but really started exploring the art more in high school. I then attended Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, CA. Brooks is where I really fell in love with photography and learned of all its different aspects.
Many of your shots are abstract. How has focusing on the abstract impacted your work?
BC: I always see photographs when looking around, so capturing it in an abstract view really allows me to express myself and the way I see things.
Of the many photographs you’ve taken, what has been your favorite location or subject?
BC: It's hard to say what my favorite subject is and it really depends on what is inspiring me most at the moment. With that being said, it’s always fun and exciting to take a landscape and make it have an abstract view.
What can visitors expect at your new gallery?
BC: The gallery is a place to show an array of my work. My fine art started taking off, and having a space to display it all was the best next move. I like to think of it as a creative space to work on new projects as well as sell my work.