NO MATTER how long you’ve lived in the northwest, you never get tired of its beauty.
For relative newcomer Brandon Broderick, a self-taught photographer, it’s a never-ending tableau rich with colour, landscapes and wildlife to document in pictures. And now everyone can enjoy 64 pages of his photos in his new book Skeena II.
“The main reason I take pictures is to show people some stuff they might not get to see,” he says. “And how beautiful the area is that we live in.”
In a little less than two years, he has taken enough photos for a book and a half and already has many for another book.
Many photos come from ideas and often he has to wait for the weather to be right. And others are shots he just stumbles upon. Often the photos he likes aren’t what others like and ones he thinks are throwaways are people’s favourites, he says.
He puts so much time and planning into some photos and takes so many shots just to get the perfect one, he develops a connection to it, he says.
No one sees the failed attempt after failed attempt, they just see the perfect one.
Broderick started taking photos about seven years ago when his mom got him a small camera for Christmas.
He would shoot random things like sunsets to use as his computer desktop background and his neighbours started asking for the photos for their computer desktops.
He realized there was something worth pursuing and went from there.
And he hasn’t run out of things to photograph; one of his first subjects was Kleanza Creek and now he’s taking photos of it again in a different way. Skeena II is on sale at Misty River Books.