We love local. And being from one of the most stunning places on earth we couldn't be more excited to share what we see and experience every month, day, and year. Kieran Brownie knows this all too well being from the hidden gem of Squamish BC. Kieran shares some ideas, insights, and images from behind and in front of the lens. Without further ado here is the next installment of our "Interview with a Photographer series" featuring Kieran Brownie.
Cotton Carrier: Where do you call home?
Kieran Brownie: Squamish is(more or less) where I’m based; I spend quite a bit of time on the road, but the Coast Range will always be home.
CC: How long have you taken photographs for unprofessionally and professionally?
K Brownie: I have been shooting professionally for almost 2 years. I think I took my first photos on road trips with my Grandpa who lived in Calgary. I would have been 10 or 12; he would eat spitz like a mad man, and I’d stare out the window taking pictures as we cruised through the national parks of Alberta looking for dinosaurs; it was just a basic point and shoot, maybe a fujifilm or something. I remember the flood of memories that would get unlocked once the developed film was in my hands, little details and pieces which one easily forgets; I liked that feeling so I continued to make images on and off (although with little intention).
CC: How would you define your style as a photographer?
K Brownie: I don 't want to box myself in by claiming a style, although I will say that my images are defined by my interest in simplicity; I never found the patience to dawdle around in the muck, preferring to instead add tremendous amounts of friction to boil off what I can and break an idea down to its base elements and find the simplest way to present it. The challenge of doing this on the fly in all sorts of environments is where I get a lot of enjoyment, maintaining a certain tranquility in chaotic situations.
CC: Have you ever gone to photography school?
K Brownie: I took a B&W photo course in high-school, which I failed.
CC: Where is your favorite place or thing to shoot?
K Brownie: My favorite place to shoot is where I am.
CC: What Camera(s) / Lenses do you use?
K Brownie: I use two bodies; a Canon 7DII, and a Sony A7rII(with Metabones). For glass, I mostly rely on a Canon EF 70-200mm f4 and 40m 2.8, and a (Rokinon)12mm 2.8 for when things get up close and personal.
CC: What's the craziest thing you've ever done to get “The Shot”?
CC: Who has inspired you as a photographer?
K Brownie: I'm constantly inspired by all sorts of things. Classical Art has taught me a lot about lighting-techniques like chiaroscuro and tenebrism. The grandfathers of photography have lots to offer but the list is too long, todays photographers that get my excited to shoot more are Krystle Wright, Dave Black, Keith Ladzinski, Jordan Manley, and Joe McNally to name a few.
CC: What advice would you tell an aspiring photographer?
K Brownie: Take photos, have fun, don't sweat the small stuff. I am lucky enough to know photographers who know more about photography then I know about life, and treasure the fact that they still answer my calls. Much love!
CC: How has photography shaped your day to day?
K Brownie: I spend way too much time on the computer.
CC: Where has photography taken you, and made you experience?
K Brownie: Professional photography lets me spend more time taking photos, which is the goal right?
CC: Anything else you’d like to add?
K Brownie: A feature article on an exploratory climbing expedition deep into the Colombian Amazon is in the current issue of Rock & Ice. Other than that, I’ve been focusing on some personal projects which I’m stoke to share in the coming months.