Branden May was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. At the age of 12 his dad introduced him to film photography. Inspired by photographers like Berenice Abbott, Gordon Parks, and Louis Mendes, Branden was drawn to street and architecture photography. When his son was diagnosed with autism, Branden left his job at a small tech company to take care of his son and pursue his photography career full time.
Branden’s work is unconventional, encompassing nearly every aspect of photography, but he gravitates to architecture. He doesn’t follow the traditional composition rules of photography, such as the rule of thirds or rule of negative space. In his recent work, Branden studies and captures how buildings interact with people, other structures and, most importantly, light and shadows. In the past four years, his work has been included in more than 15 group exhibitions internationally at galleries including: Agora Gallery in Manhattan, BBA Gallery in Berlin, and Blank Wall Gallery in Greece.
As a child, growing up in Atlanta, I never had the words to describe the incredible structures that I saw and how they made me feel. I use photography as a means to document the world around me. I create powerful, thought-provoking pictures that bring attention to subjects that other people overlook. Exploring the overlooked allows me to engage more deeply with where I am in space and time.
I like to think of my work as unconventional. My shots encompass just about every aspect of photography, but I tend to gravitate to street and architecture. In most of these shots I look at how buildings interact with people, other structures and, most importantly, light and shadows. This is why I use black-and-white in a large portion of my work.