Liebrand and Cochran have collaborated to tell a surreal narrative of isolation and imagination. They used physical and digital manipulations of their own photographs to take the audience on a “dream-like” journey, challenging the truth. Liebrand and Cochran’s work is connected by the sense of loneliness in their photographs.
Liebrand works as a researcher for a nonprofit in Columbus Ohio. Her photography experience began with self-portraits, which she used as social media profiles. The reactions she received from those encouraged her to expand her skills. Her iPhone is her camera. Sometimes she sets the scene but many of her creations happen at random. She also uses many apps to enhance her pieces
Liebrand considers herself an image manipulator rather than a photographer. In post-production she takes two to five photos and combines them into one. According to the artist, her images are straightforward, narrative and highly interpretive, with each viewer perceiving her photos differently.
Much of her inspiration is derived from her vivid dreams and Pinterest. She peruses Pinterest right before bed, she said
Chad Cochran’s pictures are focused on rural landscapes, musicians, and mixed media. Something that both him and Liebrand have in common, is that they use mixed media like wood as an example, to mix up their photographs. Cochran is from a small town but attended college in a city. Going back to his rural roots, he started taking pictures of rural areas in Columbus Ohio. He always had a passion for music, so you can find him at many festivals taking pictures of the musician’s.
Both have received several awards, been a speaker for various events, and had their work featured in galleries all over Ohio and in other states as well.
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