A little imagination is going a long way for an Edmond photographer.
Brittany Johnson, 27, was selected as one of the nine winners of Canon’s “Project Imaginat10n.” She was among those chosen by Ron Howard, acclaimed film director, for the project in which her photograph could be used as a basis for short films directed by Eva Longoria, actress and director; Georgian Chapman, designer and co-founder of Marchesa; Jaime Foxx, singer, actor and director; James Murphy, founder of LCD Soundsystem; and/or Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter.
Johnson got the email that she was selected last week. She said the waiting period was hard.
“It was a really stressful time,” she said. “You didn’t know if they’d pick your image.”
Georgian Chapman has selected Johnson’s photo to center her film around. Johnson will also have the opportunity to attend the “Project Imaginat10n” film festival next summer. The date and time for the event are to be announced.
“This is completely a dream come true,” she said.
Johnson learned about the contest after seeing a banner advertisement on YouTube for the event about two years ago and decided to enter after seeing a short film about it. The picture she submitted was of a friend’s daughter dressed up and surrounded by stuffed animals. It was from a personal project she was already working on.
“I like setting up creative themes,” she said. “Everything I try to do, I try to tell a story.
“You take from it what you see.”
Johnson said she developed her creativity during her childhood. She used a lot of time thinking artistically when she spent time on her grandparents’ farm in rural Oklahoma. She said she likes to make films that can be turned into movies and working with unique people to make her photographs.
“Everyone is different,” she said. “It depends on the mood I’m in.”
Johnson also likes working with clothing boutiques, women models, and people with different personalities, locations, moods and circumstances to make her photographs original. She also gets a lot of her inspiration from themes and scenes from movies like Avatar. She does her own photo editing.
In her photography she uses things that can be understood through depth and meaning, she said.
“I thought this as a little girl,” Johnson said.
The married mother of a 2-year-old boy has lived in big and small places throughout Oklahoma. She said this diversity of living has helped her with her craft.
Johnson is also currently in the process of developing a creative team for her work, a group of like people to partner with to help her turn her photos into film. She also wants to travel and do humanitarian work through photography in places like Africa.
She taught herself photography and said it is a constant learning process. Anyone who wants to achieve any level of success should not be afraid of rejection, she said.
“In your head you have to realize your worth and what you can accomplish,” Johnson said. “That is what makes great photography great.
“I think we are completely the people who hold us back.”
For more information about Johnson, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. She also has a Web site that is currently under redevelopment, www.Britt-Johnson.com.
A little imagination is going a long way for an Edmond photographer.
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