Bree Castillau has been called an “inspirational photographer,” which is an apt term for her approach to image-making. “My biggest hope for my photography is to touch someone,” she says, and she does that by uncovering the transcendent elements of the animals, plants and landscapes that are her subjects. Working primarily with a digital camera, the artist creates balanced, yet dynamic compositions that combine a painterly eye for color and light with a sharp sense of focus and detail. As adept at capturing the unique personality of an animal in the wild as she is at investigating a tree’s surface or a flower’s petals, the photographer makes pictures that have a powerful physical presence.
The use of color in Castillau’s photographs is especially striking. In some, soft shades are used sparingly, adding highlights or directing the viewer’s attention to a focal point in a mostly black-and-white shot. In others, the brilliant hues found in nature are vividly and fully realized, animating both intricately textured close-ups and panoramic landscapes.
Born in Orlando, Fla., Castillau lives and creates her art in Salem, Mass.