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Brian is an award-winning U.S. based natural world filmmaker, photographer, and writer. With a knack for understanding the technical details of why and how things work and then fine tuning those details into his work, Brian’s films, photographs and writing inspire us to connect with each other through our common origins in the natural world.
Brian’s work has been recognized (see Awards and Recognitions section below) by the Fine Art Photography Awards, the International Photography Awards, Landscape Photography Magazine as well as commented on by various other organizations, including the United Nation's Biodiversity Initiative, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council, the Audubon Society, and the Alaska Wilderness League. His recent photograph of the skin patterns of an Iguana won the top award in the Art Wolfe Photography as Art Competition. He is the founder of @EarthAperture and a frequent contributor to magazines, trade journals, and industry blogs.
Brian began traveling literally at birth, born in San Salvador and then baptized in his mother's family small town Presbyterian Church in western Pennsylvania a few days later; then back and forth between these countries until he entered the American School where Brian's dad, having completed his internal medicine post graduate work at Columbia University Medical Center in New York, was the doctor for the U.S. Embassy and several multi-nationals, further surrounding Brian with a diverse multi-cultural environment and international friends from an early age.
Raw, unspoiled nature -- volcanoes, crater lakes, rainforests, waterfalls -- surrounded Brian during his early years on the Pacific Coast of Central America, but Brian's real attraction to natural world photography really took off when he took up surfing at 12 years-old. His best friend's expat dad, Red, had a pretty well equipped dark room which he used to develop surfing photographs of his son and Brian. Surfing Central American waves in the crystal clear, marine-wildlife-filled waters of the various black sand beach breaks and colorful reefs became a passion for Brian and his first real connection to photography and the natural world.
Brian later attended boarding school, college, and law school in the U.S. His favorite courses were in Art History, a field which continues to inspire his photography, and international law which sparked his interest in multilateral conservation agreements.
Some of the locations which have further inspired Brian's passion for natural world photography include the natural passages through the Andes which connect Chile and Argentina; the many faces of Brazil, specifically the areas around Foz de Iguacu, Salvador Bahia, and Rio; the regions around St. Petersburg, Russia, particularly Tallinn, Estonia; the Swiss, Austrian, and Italian Alps; the Greek Islands, specifically Mykonos; Sweden's coast and forests; the Highlands of Scotland; the San Juan Islands and Olympic Peninsula in the Pacific Northwest; the Smoky Mountains and coastal lowlands of the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida; the Greater and Lesser Antilles and the Bahamas; Maine's Bay of Fundy; the greater Yellowstone region, the New Mexico and Colorado Rockies; Canada's Yukon, the dramatic glaciers, volcanic landscapes, and waterfalls of Iceland, and his favorite region of the planet: the Northern Temperate rainforests - from the Quinault and the Salish Sea up to the inside passage of Alaska.
Brian's lifelong passion for natural world photography is contagious, and he enjoys sharing that passion with others at every turn, featuring articles, short films, social media, and workshops. Grateful for the opportunity to connect, Brian looks forward to hearing from you and enthusiastically contributing to environmental awareness and wildlife habitat conservation projects. Make sure to join Brian’s mailing list on the form below to be kept up to date on his most recent articles, tutorials, films, award-winning photographs, and workshops.
Awards and Recognitions
Having read and followed the work of Art Wolfe for several years, I am grateful and honored to have won his Photography as Art Competition with the above composition. The competition emphasized Photography as Art, specifically patterns. The contest is part of a series that explores the various elements of design which are essential to making compelling photographic compositions. It features the intricate, mosaic-like skin of an Iguana in its breeding colors. The diverse textures and unusual shapes highlight the often overlooked art found in the natural world.
International Photography Awards
Nature's Best Photography | Windland Smith Rice International Awards
Fine Art Photography Awards
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