"One of the most celebrated creative photographers in the world" - Nikon
"One of the leading lights in the highly competitive world of North America outdoor photography" - Outdoor Photography Magazine
"Critically acclaimed....spectacular photos." - The Globe and Mail
"Iconic portrait work..." - Adobe
4-time short-list candidate, international Astronomy Photographer of the Year awards (one-time winner, Earth and Space first runner-up) - Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year Awards.
Holding a passion for the world and an eye for the beauty it contains, Long Creek, Prince Edward Island based photographer, educator, and writer Dave Brosha is on a continual journey to seek out and capture the beauty of this world – whether it’s the beauty of some of most extreme and pristine environments in the world, or the beauty of humanity, Brosha is passionate across a wide spectrum of photographic genres and avoids labels.
Brosha is proudly a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society, is a Sigma Pro Photographer, and is a Strobepro Professional.
NATURE - ARTIST'S STATEMENT
Although I wear different labels in my career as a photographer (as a photographer who has embraced different genres of the art) one of labels I wear proudly is "nature photographer".
To me, being a nature photographer comes out of a place of love from being outside, in nature, and being witness to the power and beauty it gives in a multitude of seasons and conditions. To me, there is no "perfect" time to create an image, no place in the world that is inherently any better than any other to go about the process of turning camera towards place and trying to capture something you feel connected with. I love travel, sure, and the way seeing the world opens up your view to different cultures, environments, and realities, but I get just as much satisfaction exploring the field behind my house with my camera as something the next town, province, or country over.
Over the course of my career, I've evolved from caring less about the "perfect sunrise", for example, and love to just stand in the fresh air of the moment and wait, with anticipation, to see what the world will offer. Which more often than not is pretty special, if you're willing to keep your eyes and your soul open. Whether it's the warmth of the sun or the whip of a wind or the dampness or a morning fog, each condition is special, and unique, and beautiful - in it's own way.
PORTRAITURE - ARTIST'S STATEMENT
I became a portrait artist begrudgingly.
Rocks and tundra and ice and trees and snow don’t talk back. They speak a language, of course, but they don’t judge. Nature didn’t give me the pressure of people. So when people - knowing that I was into photography - asked me about potentially taking their portrait I would always have an polite excuse. Sorry, but I don’t photograph people. I’m a landscape photographer. There are other people that I can recommend.
Somewhere along the line, I broke. I believe it was a co-worker, in my pre-professional days. She was relentless, and insisted that I photograph her and her husband. I don’t care what the photos look like…I just want you to take them. I relented. I caved. And I’m so, so happy I did.
The floodgates opened. I realized in that hour-long session that I actually enjoyed the process. Trying to find magic in a personality. In personalities. To crack their code and find the angle and the expression and the moment where it all came together and the photograph crossed from a simple snapshot to something meaningful.
There was no turning back.
Journeying into the world of northern portraiture I learned something that shouldn’t have been a surprise: the North is home to some of the most incredible faces and personalities our world has to offer. It takes a strong personality to weather the Arctic and sub-Arctic environments, and I discovered strength, love, vulnerability, perseverance, and even creativity in the people I encountered with my lens and camera.