Thursday, June 16, 2016

Photographs and Words by...

It is always a treat to have your photography published in a magazine, and I have been treated many times over the years, starting in my university's student news paper, a few local magazines, zines, and countless online blogs and magazines.

Until today, I'd say the thing I am most proud of when it comes to my photography was the article written about me and my photography in Winter 2011 issue of Fly Rod & Reel, I will always be indebted to its author, Bob White (Thanks again Bob!).

Today though, I have a new achievement to share, not only does it involve having some photographs in what I think is the most creative fly  fishing magazine out there, The Flyfish Journal, it also involves an essay that I wrote that accompanies the two photographs.  The essay is basically about my fly fishing experience, that began while I was on active duty with the Army and touches upon an issue that is near and dear to me, Veteran suicide.

A big shout out to the other writers, photographers, artists and the people that put that put the magazine together, especially the ones I know.  Keep up the great work!  

So go and buy a copy, preferably at a local fly fishing shop, my essay is in volume seven, issue four and then reach out to a Veteran you may know and take him or her fishing.

My essay is called, "Take a Veteran Fishing" and is on page 108.   This is just the cover, and not my photograph, the cover photograph belongs to Tosh Brown, who is an excellent photographer.  

Thanks,

Brian



 

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Harleys and motorcycles...

I think I have quoted the Italian film maker Federico Fellini before, with his famous quote, "All art is autobiographical; the pearl is the oyster's autobiography."  I have always felt that way about my photography, and as I get older, as it were, I find that to be more and more true.  If you have been following my photography over the past seven years or so, you know that when I started fly fishing, I naturally brought my Holgas with my when I went fishing.
      I am still fishing, but due to some changes in life, I found myself wanting to learn to ride a motorcycle, so I came upon a wonderful opportunity to learn through a local Harley-Davidson dealer (THANK YOU HARLEY-DAVIDSON!).   I have since gotten my motorcycle endorsement and have bought a motorcycle of my own, a Harley-Davidson.  In my limited riding experience I have met a lot of new people, gotten better acquainted with old friends and have seen places in Utah that I have seen until now.
     It's been nearly a year since I posted anything here, but it doesn't mean I have done any photography at all, I just haven't done anything I felt was worth putting up here, until today.


I am not quite sure how I want to treat motorcycles as far a subject goes, I haven't had any dreams about riding motorcycles like I have had with mountain biking and fishing, so I am still experimenting.  


I haven't done any double exposures yet, but since I haven't had any dreams about motorcycles, I am not sure that I will, but I do like the results I have gotten so far with the "Holgaramas" I have done.


I think there is something about a motorcycle's cockpit, I like the lines and all of the chrome on the tank, and I think that each cockpit is as unique as the owner, considering all of the things you can do the cockpit area on a motorcycle.


I haven't stopped fishing or photographing it, I just have a new subject to photograph as I travel around the sun..
Ride On!

Brian

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Tenkara Guides, Badgers and Bums - Oh My!

I am a fan of the internet and social media and aside from learning new things when I go to events like the workshop that  Tenkara Guides LLC put on recently I get to meet people that I know through these various forums and websites.  This particular particular workshop was really like a "Who's Who in Tenkara Fishing in The USA" because there were a lot of influential and well known tenkara anglers that I know had only known through various websites until this workshop.

First up, the Tenkara Badger himself, all the way Wisconsin, he has some great rods that I hope to cast here before the summer is out.   He caught a great brown trout a few moments later, I might add!


Then there was Tom from Teton Tenkara, who is a very knowledgeable tenkara angler whose blog I checkout often.


I also met again DragonTail Tenkara as he was fishing this great spot.  Make sure and check him out, he has a great selection of tenkara rods, one of which the ShadowFire, I demoed earlier this year and it's a great rod.


I met some new tenkara bums at the workshop, as they fished both days, on this lovely stream in eastern Utah..

And on the Middle Provo.. 


Over the past few years there have been tenkara gatherings started across the globe and the United States, such as the Appalachian  Tenkara Jam, held in Maryland.  There is also the Midwest Tenkara Fest held in Wisconsin.  Of course there's the one that started it all, Tenkara USA's Tenkara Summit, that has been held in a few different locations including Utah in 2012.  
As things in my life change, I intend to get to these events and photograph them too and do a book about Tenkara in the USA.

Brian


Friday, July 3, 2015

Tenkara No Oni

I recently  had the pleasure of being able to be a part of a unique fishing workshop put on by Tenkara Guides LLC, where they brought Master angler, Masami “Tenkara No Oni” Sakakibara from Japan for three days; it was a wonderful workshop that offered many great photographic opportunities.  

Watching "No Oni" as he works a stretch of river, casting and scrambling in and out of the water was amazing to say the least, his cast is beautiful too.  I hope that when I am his age, I am agile as he is.



Tenkara No Oni in action in the water






And out of the water..



While I wasn't participating in the workshop, I learned a few things by watching Tenkara Oni, that I will take with me the next time I go fishing. 


I am grateful for the opportunity to have been at this workshop with my cameras, from what I could tell from my own observations and talking with the participants the workshop was a success.  
A big thanks to Tenkara Guides LLC, for letting me tag along and be their "unofficial photographer" and thank you as well Tenkara No Oni, for letting me photograph you..    



Brian

Sunday, June 28, 2015

More color

I don't shoot a lot of color, so I thought I'd post this photograph, from the Tenkara Guides LLC workshop on its own, because the rest will be in black and white.

I don't always know what I will post here, most of the time the photographs I post here are the ones that I truly feel are the strongest photographs from a particular roll or batch of rolls; other times the photographs I post here are the ones that I get the most comments or "Favorites" or views from my Flickr stream.  
At this time, this photograph has been viewed 191 times and has been marked as a "Favorite" by five of my "Followers" on Flickr, which is a lot more than any of the others I have recently posted.

That being said, and because I haven't had a lot of photographic opportunities so far this year and because all of the other photographs I plan on posting about the workshop are all in black and white, I thought I'd post this one.  


I have three more rolls that I need to have processed before I can make my post about the workshop, that will have to wait a few weeks.  If anyone out there would be interested in being a patron,  please contact me!

Brian

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Oncorhynchus clarki utah

I don't shoot a lot of color film, , it's mostly a choice of liking black and white better and for the most part black and white conveys the timelessness and dreamy qualities that I am going for much better.

That being said, I like shooting color film, Fujichrome Velvia 100 in this case, especially when it comes to photographs of fish, like this Bonneville Cutthroat for example.

I have caught a few Bonneville Cutties in my time, but none as beautiful as this one, which was on a tiny tributary in eastern Utah, during a tenkara workshop put on by Tenkara Guides LLC.

I have more from the two days I was there at the unique and amazing workshop they put on, but I love this photograph so much and it's different from what I normally shoot, that I thought I'd put this one out now..



Fish on!

Brian

Monday, March 2, 2015

The Bridge


Bridges serve many purposes, from their intended purpose of crossing a body of water or a great span between two geographical features, as well as serving as a landmark.  If you are into fishing, they are especially great to fish near as well, which is what I did for the first time by this bridge.

You may recognize bridge and may have even fished there, but I enjoyed fishing there with one of my Army buddies..

Brian