Hello, I’m BRETT


“I just try to look inside & photograph what I see…”
I mean – I look inside of me! I try to remain conscious of what “I” am feeling. Of what’s going on inside “my” body – “my” chest.
If you wish to convey emotion or meaning in an image, you “must” be able to feel it when you press the shutter.

Hi, I’m Brett, and I’m excited to tell you my story…

My Story

My interest in photography was first stirred by a school project at the age of ten. Back then, and because of the perceived expense of the B&W film and processing, my parents quickly quashed the initial interest. So, it wasn’t till my mid twenties, while inadvertently studying for an Associate Diploma in Applied Photography, that I realised the attraction photography could hold for me. It was not an end of anything, but the start of everything.

I worked as a Press photographer, both contract (in the 80’s), and staff (in the 90’s). The tremendous diversity of a background in Press, gave me the confidence to tackle anything from portrait and wedding, to commercial and advertising, etc. I’ve worked for other’s studios, operated my own, and worked as a television cameraman.

For now, and for the foreseeable future, my personal work is shot exclusively on film. It is often predominately shot on black and white, but some colour, and mostly medium-format Hasselblad.

These days, and more than ever, my interests are in others. I get bored when my subjects don’t move to their own will. I like people! I have many Fine-art projects, and creative ideas in mind, for which I am regularly sourcing collaborators.

My Values & Beliefs

My three favourite quotes.

A thing that you see in my pictures is that I was not afraid to fall in love with these people. [Annie Leibovitz]

The artist must create a spark before he can make a fire and before art is born, the artist must be ready to be consumed by the fire of his own creation. [Auguste Rodin]

In a way, we are magicians. We are alchemists, sorcerers and wizards. We are a very strange bunch. But there is great fun in being a wizard. [Billy Joel]

Bundaberg barber and collector Kevin Apps, originally from Manly NSW - Published in Sydney Manly Daily (1988)
Bundaberg barber and collector Kevin Apps, originally from Manly NSW – Published in Sydney Manly Daily – 1988

My thoughts

A photographer’s most important task is to find the exotic in the mundane and the everyday. It is far too easy to pick up a camera when you travel or when you see something out of the ordinary. Everyone does that. A great photographer can bring dull to life and show you the familiar in a whole new light.
Father and Son

On Art

“Rock and roll music, if you like it, if you feel it, you can’t help but move to it. That’s what happens to me. I can’t help it.” [Elvis Presley]

Like the dancer that must dance, the painter that must paint. Like many great proverbial artists throughout history, “I” must make photographs. I have this burning ambition. A dream I’ve expressed to very few. One I feel I can deny no longer. I must create something meaningful, something wonderful. A life work to quiet my soul.

I’m not driven by men’s glamour and adult content like Playboy, Picture and Zoo magazine. I mean, I can look at these and appreciate beautiful bodies or figures, locations, set design, or a photographer’s skills, but these don’t speak to me. They don’t speak to my mind or my soul. They are cold and emotionless and speak to our carnal desires. They don’t make me move. Fine art does. It makes me move. It leaves me unable to sit still. Let me rephrase Elvis’ quote above: “Fine art nude images, if you like them, if you feel them, you can’t help but be moved by them. That’s what happens to me. I can’t help it. I simply must create.” [Brett :)]

If you feel my pain, if you can understand my passion, you may be someone I need to work with. Please let me know.

I’ve worked professionally across Australia and Europe and been published around the world since 1987. I won my first international photo competition in 1988 and I’ve worked in most genres of photography from Press and television camera operator, to Wedding, Commercial, Advertising Portrait and Fine art. I moved to Melbourne Australia from Europe twelve months ago and am now looking to re-establish myself here. So please, if you’d like to work with me, or you have ideas or an image of your own you’d like to explore, get in touch.

Basically, I like people and I like story telling. I like exploring a theme, exploring emotions, the mind and the psyche, and I like nothing more than telling a story through images. I have a head full of ideas for images I want to create and Fine-art projects I want to pursue.

I’m here to create something extraordinary.

On the Nude

We are all equals in the nude …

The attraction to the art nude, for me, is more about the removal of meaning than it is about any established semiotics of the nude. It’s about control … the control of meaning. These images, to me, are about the paring down, or removal of the meanings of the clothes. To clear the canvas, so to speak.

A nude can be imbued with gender – or not. It can signify race – or not, but unadorned, in our basic form, we are all equals in the nude. No culture or wealth. No status, occupation, or education. A blank canvas, that basic form, pared down to the individual person. To me that is exciting. A starting point, a simplicity, a purity … from which I can add meaning, like colour to a canvas, to construct narratives of beauty.

I want my works to act as kind of visual cues. Thought starters. To me, they represent the questions, not the answers. I want them to trigger emotional or psychological responses.

Cheers, get in touch!

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