I learnt a lot about the human dimension of the image capturing process from the veteran cinematographers that I worked with as a documentary film maker.
these were guys who had spent years as assistants observing and learning from their Masters and then lugged that heavy film gear into their old age making ambitious youngsters like me look good.After years of working in Australia, Europe and Asia I ended up working at National Geographic Headquarters in Washington DC.By this stage I was a senior boss and in the position to give young photographers their big breaks.I was surrounded by a zealous drive for photographic and storytelling excellence mixed with a hidebound conservatism, and so at a relatively early age gave up the corporate life for a shot at taking on the creative life again, this time as a stills photographer.
I began, by accident, being asked to photograph bodybuilders and so created a line of work I call "Strength Portraits" www.bryansmithphotos.com
In 2012 Emirates Airlines declared me their "Artist of the Future".You can see one of my images on all Emirates Airlines Blue Skywards frequent flier cards.
In 2010 and again in 2012 I was a finalist in Australia's major photographic award "The Head On Prize for Portraiture".
Feel free to contact me via Demotix or as a back up via www.bryansmithphotos.com
by Bryan Smith
Pearl Beach is an hour's drive north of Sydney, it is home to a Heritage listed 'tidal sea pool' and the wonderful "blubbers." Since 1969 the Umina Blue Swimmers Mens Winter Swim Club (the Blubbers), has braved it's icy waters.