We had the good fortune of connecting with D. Anson Brody and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi D. Anson, what role has risk played in your life or career?
“I dare do all that may become a man; Who dares do more is none.” Is a quote from McBeth that comes to mind. I risk in order to become something rather than to get something tangible. Going a little out of my depth to find and extend my creative boundaries. This goes for life, relationships, and of course artistic projects.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’ve wanted to be a professionally musician since I was 10 years old when a rock band came to my school and played in the auditorium. I thought those kids in a van were cooler than anyone I’d ever seen in magazines or on TV. Years later I realized, wow I’m doing what I’ve always wanted to do, it just didn’t hit me right away because it looks nothing like I imagined it would at 10 years old. I started out playing upright bass, then electric bass, before settling mostly on the baritone guitar and songwriting. I wanted to stand out as a guitar player so I borrowed and adapted a lot of advance bass techniques and added extra strings to my guitar. With that 9-stringed instrument, and a vocal performance philosophy based on the compression and breakup that tube amps give, I found a sound that felt unique and authentically me.
More recently as a photographer I’ve found myself drawn to the look of 19th century photos, especially the tonal range of older B&W print materials and techniques. These photographic objects whether paper, glass, or metal inspire concepts and projects that would be unavailable to me if I had stuck to modern digital equipment and techniques. That analog niche has served me well in finding meaningful expression, and work, with the added bonus of being able to teach historic photo processes in a class setting.

Being an artist isn’t easy, everything in life is always a trade off and as much as money helps things along time is thing I’m always short of. There’s never enough time for all the ideas in my head, so much of my artistic life is curating which ideas get to come to life. Overall I love the creative striving itself more than than any result. A life focused on always becoming, rather than living for the results or accomplishments.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Easily, first stop is to see Todd at Don’s Used Photo Equipment to pick up some film for me and my friend to shoot a couple of old cameras all that we see for the whole trip. We’d have to take a stroll to check out the architecture the big fountains, and mural art in fair park. Catch a listening room show at the Kessler theater, get coffee at Opening Bell, stop in to check out the vinyl at Spinster Records, eat at this secret little taco place I know (not telling), go to the art museum hopefully during one of their late night events, and stroll all the different little galleries, public art, food, and culture in Deep Ellum. Round that out at lonestar darkroom to develop our week of film and memories. That sounds like more than a week of stuff to do haha.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My patrons throughout the years. All of those who gave me a place to lay my head when I had none. The ones that spoke and listened kindly as I fought the ghosts in my heart and the knots in my mind. All of those who taught me or attempted to do so while I am yet foolish, for these things and more I can never repay you. To you it may have been nothing, but to me it is everything, Thank you.

Website: www.dansonbrody.com

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Image Credits
The Personal photo, and the prismed concert photo are by Aly Fae. The rest are by me.

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