Filmed early in the morning, prior to sunrise, Midnight Pier is a dramatic image full of color and life. This dreamy landscape was captured in Brett’s camera using a long exposure and a very sturdy tripod. Working with his camera on this beach in the dark, he opened his shutter for several minutes allowing the subtle light to slowly fall upon the film. Using this technique, Brett is able to photograph a world not seen by the human eye… a place full of colors that goes beyond the boundaries of our vision.
Spending time in the desert sand dunes of Southern Colorado, Brett found himself in a visual playground. The windswept sand and defined shadows created endless compositions. As he hiked through this soft landscape in the dark of dawn, he came across an abandoned tent… barely visible from the ridge he was standing on. As the sun began to rise, the crepuscular light illuminated the dunes with a gentle softness and that single tent, lost in complete Solitude, took form inside his camera.
Yellow Leaf Road is a look into the mountain roads of Virginia during the peak of fall color. Utilizing a long exposure soon after sunset, Brett was able to capture the intense colors of this lush vegetation. “I followed a small forest service road for several miles” recalls Brett. “It was a magical place full of colorful trees, waterfalls, valleys and boulders. As the sun was quickly setting behind the mountains in the distance I decided to capture one more image on film for the day. I came upon this cluster of yellow leaved trees with a bend in the road. It was perfect. I setup my tripod and camera, carefully aligned the shot and took about a 45 second exposure. The result is Yellow Leaf Road.”
Mystere is a dreamy photograph of a crystal clear river in a small slot canyon in Southern Utah. Brett was captivated by an unusual crack in the stone where water seemed to jet through it, carving it deeper and deeper. “I immediately saw the photograph in my mind. A cloud trapped between two stones.” recalls Brett. “I knew that with the right exposure I could turn the water into fog and at the same time capture the goldish reflection of the warm canyon walls above.” Being careful not to slip, Brett stabilized his tripod and captured the shot. The result is a magical image that can be displayed horizontally or vertically.
Earth highlights the intricate, yet powerful forces of the Atlantic Ocean. Photographed on an early spring day, Brett traveled to a secluded beach where he was overwhelmed by the shapes and forms in the sand. “It was just one of those mornings where everything glistened as the sun rose over the horizon.” recalls Brett. “It was just… perfect. I was captivated by the colors and shapes carved into the beach by the outgoing tide. Mini sandbars were everywhere and it was difficult to pick just one subject to film.”