Giants Among Us was captured in the giant Redwoods of Northern California on a mystical autumn morning. Brett spent a week hiking and exploring these massive forests day and night in search of perfect composition. “I’ve always found it very difficult to photograph forests and trees. My job is to find peace and symmetry in chaos and it’s not always easy.” recalls Brett of his adventures in these awesome groves. “The morning I photographed Giants Among Us was particularly spectactular because of the dense fog that had rolled in off the ocean. It created such magic in my lens I was excited. I ran throughout the forest looking for the perfect shot in the fleeting light! The result was Giants Among Us and one of my favorite photographs and experiences I’ve ever had.”
Quiet Storm is a breathtaking look into the heart of Mother Nature’s power and grace. The image, captured in springtime along the Gulf of Mexico, is the product of 10 months of hard work filming this rugged coastal shore. “I kept going back to this beach over and over again” recalls Brett reflecting on the challenge of capturing Quiet Storm. “I knew from the moment I found it that it had the potential to be an amazing shot. That night I traveled there during a calm afternoon and for some reason as the sun began to set two storms collided overhead and all hell broke loose!” Brett’s experience on that beach nearly turned disastrous. The secluded beach offered him little coverage to avoid the intense lighting that crashed around him only minutes after capturing Quiet Storm. He took refuge in nearby mangroves for 45 minutes before the storm moved on and he could hike down the coast back to safer ground. “I’ll never forget my experience filming Quiet Storm… it was definitely worth it.”
Tucked away in the high country of central Colorado, this old mill was once part of a thriving city full of adventure and treasure. Now it is one of only a few structures remaining in what is now a ghost town. Accessible only by ATV, this icon of the Rocky Mountains captivated Brett while searching for old structures full of character. Using a rotating camera head, Brett slowly captured Gold Country as his optics swung left to right.
Craftsman captures the rich history of the American spirit. The barn was built in the early 20th century as a supply shed for the cattle pasture that is still in operation today. The character and charm of this Appalachian barn caught Brett’s attention as he was hiking the area in late summer. “It instantly captivated me… I had been looking for the perfect, unspoiled barn for years.” recalls Brett of his experience capturing Rustic. “The timing was right too… the fall colors had set in offering the perfect backdrop for the image. I knew I wanted to make the barn’s rustic details the focal point so I spent extra time ensuring proper exposure of the barn itself.”
As the sun set upon Monument Valley, a special land to the Navajo people in southern Utah, Brett wanted to capture the simplicity of this vast and amazing landscape. He first saw Monument Valley as a young child and had come back several times to experience this peaceful place. Although the nearby town had changed considerably and it has begun to turn into a tourist attraction, Monument Valley is still a place where if you venture off the beaten path there are new landscapes to discover in every direction.