DALTON, GA (WRCB) -
Eventually, I just became consumed, I just got a passion for photography , I wanted to learn as much as I could as fast as I could." That wasn't even four years ago, and now Brandon Cawood is one of the hottest commodities in the world of composite photography. His first photo project, "Not All Wear Capes", was a personal tribute to law enforcement and first responders, blending his childhood love for superheroes and everyday heroes such as his dad, who was then a Whitfield County deputy. "I got to see another side of heroes so, law enforcement, police, firefighters," remembers Cawood. "You know, as a little kid they had the same impact on me as superheroes." Brandon says photos such as this can take upwards of 30 hours each, taking elements of various photos and melding them into one, by way of photoshop. "When I first met him, he was a security guard and he was just getting into photography," recalls Whitney Tanner, Brandon's fiancee."Honestly, I really didn't like his photography too much." But Whitney's opinion of Brandon has evolved as his skill has focused behind the lens. Now, getting international acclaim on the internet, Brandon keeps his interests close to home. The "Not All Wear Capes" project has funded Dalton's Arts Guild scholarship for aspiring students by $6,000. "For scholarships for kids who can't afford art classes and stuff like that, that's where all the money we raised went," says Cawood. Brandon's charity has become a thriving business, as agencies now seek out him and his watchful eye for public relations campaigns and the like. A sequel project is planned, but will focus on members of the military instead. If you'd like to check out his work, go to flash-light productions.com.