What happens when you mix raw talent, creative passion, and a fun loving personality? Simple. Bryanna Bradley. It’s easy to get lost in a world of cliché photography with its redundant images and oversaturated filters. It takes a sincere person to create genuine imagery. Let’s all hit the “reset” button and allow Bryanna’s images to guide us back to the path of authenticity.
Tell us a little bit about yourself, where are you from? How long have you been on the West Coast? How long have you been shooting?
My name is Bryanna Bradley and I am originally from a town in the Ottawa Valley called Stittsville, and I have been calling the West coast home for 5 years now.
My journey with photography is long and slightly confusing, but I would say I have been technically doing photography since leaving high school almost ten years ago, with a massive 4-year break. I hardly touched a camera between when I was working for daily papers and when I moved to the West coast. I now can’t imagine a day that I don’t obsess over light, or feel inspired to grab my camera.
You mentioned that you had a background in photojournalism, have you always had an interest in photography? What got you to pick up a camera?
The last year of high school “what-are-you-doing-with-your-life” pressure is honestly what got me to pick up a camera. Leaving high school, I wasn’t sure what to do. My mom said: “you love taking pictures with my (point and shoot) camera – why don’t you try this photojournalism program.” It seemed like a great idea so I decided to give it a go. I was so clueless about cameras and photography on my first day of college, I copied the girl’s equipment list next to me. It turns out Nikon and Canon are two completely different cameras.
I think I have always been a very visual person. In the beginning, I always tried to get creative even with a point and shoot camera. Early on I had never considered photography as a career until I realized it could be a catalyst for travel and documenting interesting and inspiring stories.
How would you describe your work? What differentiates you from other West Coast or Canadian photographers?
Living on the West Coast, it is such a treat to be surrounded and inspired by so many talented photographers. I love that we all have something different to bring to the table.
However, when it comes to my own photography, I wouldn’t even know how to describe my “work”. I tend to shoot whatever is in front of me that I find beautiful and captivating. That can change rapidly, depending on the light or my mood that day. I guess the consistent theme in my surf photography is that I mostly focus on the female surf scene. My goal, from when I started shooting in the water, was to help fill the gap between the attention on the female and male surfers here in Tofino. So, naturally I started shooting my friends surfing and it has become what I shoot most.
Capturing female surfers here in Tofino has presented me with so many amazing opportunities to shoot inspiring female surfers in other parts of the world.
What other interest do you have outside photography?
I really like to dance.
But also surf.
What’s next? Ideally, where do you see yourself in 5 years? Do you have any big plans or goals?
Woah such a big question. I absolutely don’t see myself anywhere specific in 5 years – I am really just enjoying this wild ride I feel so fortunate to be on. I never truly pictured myself living on the West coast of Canada and getting to spend a lot of my time taking photos of my friends doing what they love – surf. It really is a special feeling. That being said, everything is changing rapidly, including the surf scene, specifically the female surf scene. Who knows what opportunities will arise in the next five years, but until then I am really enjoying putting my head down, challenging myself as much as possible, and cherishing all the new opportunities.
Do you have an all-time favorite image or shoot you’ve taken or been on?
If I did, I probably wouldn’t enjoy photography anymore.
Every time I pick up my camera, I feel like I am about to get my best photo yet. Hopefully, I never get it.
Dream trip, who would you take, where would it be, and why?
Hardest question ever. I am always inspired by shooting in a new place, so I am up for anything! Having all my friends there would make it even better.
Check out more of Bryanna’s work www.bryannabradley.ca
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