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Canadagram: Meet Dave Brosha

07/16/2015 02:49 EDT | Updated 07/16/2015 02:59 EDT
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This week's we're proud to share the work of @DaveBrosha, a photographer equally at home capturing the epic grandeur of Alberta's mountains and the glint in a subject's eye. Here he is in his own words:

I'm Dave Brosha, a creative landscape and portrait photographer who recently returned East after twelve years living in the far Canadian North (Nunavut and Northwest Territories). I have a passion for capturing the beauty of the world and its people and if I go even a single week with creating an image, I get anxious. I love everything about what I do, and I can't imagine a more fulfilling job on this planet.



What inspires you to take photos?

I'm one of those people that are easily inspired, and rarely have a moment where I'm stuck on what to capture or create. I find inspiration at every turn: a slice of perfect light, an expression, the work of other artists, in moments. My biggest problem is not in finding inspiration: it's in finding the time to act on all my inspirations.



What’s your favourite photo/instagram tip?

One of the biggest things I've learned as a photographer is to just slow down in the field and take it all in. I rarely rush to a scene, or to set-up. I take the time to walk around and really feel a place out. The first place that you may have been drawn to may not be the strongest composition after all. Taking five minutes to simply walk around and "see" is an incredibly powerful tool for stronger images. Then, when you really feel like you've got the sense of a place, set up and create some amazing images.

The photo below is one I'll always be fond of. It was on the last evening of an exhausting but incredible hike into Auyuittuq National Park on Baffin Island. We were beat....done. But as we sat around the stove on the final night waiting for our dinner to heat, this scene emerged. As beat as I was I quickly found the energy and witnessed over the next 30 minutes one of the most peaceful scenes I've ever witnessed.



Can you share an outtake or a photo from the cutting-room floor? For example, a picture you took but didn’t decide to use.

"When I shoot I'm 100% in the moment, and often that comes at the expense of my gear. While I don't deliberately set out to harm my gear (it's far to expensive to do that!), I don't baby it either. This was one casualty, and it happened in the safety of my studio, when I wasn't shooting, of all places. When a solid Canon lens, attached to a camera, gets knocked off a counter and hits a hard tiled floor, sadness happens."





Throwback Thursday! Pick a photo you love from your archive. Tell us about it.

About five years ago I got sent to the very tip of northern Canada — to Ward Hunt Island just north of Ellesmere Island — to photograph the Canadian Forces regular members and Rangers during training exercises. This portrait of Inuk Mark Amarok, which remains to this day one of my all-time favourite portraits, happened in seconds. I was wandering around taking images of whatever caught my eye as they went about training when I saw a man with an incredible parka. I asked him if he would stand for a second while I took a shot, and he turned and looked back at me. I love that you can see the context of another Forces member in the background.



Follow Friday. Which Instagrammers do you love? Who inspires you to take better photos? Tell us about them.

Lately, I've been really digging the work of Iqaluit-based photographer, Curtis Jones ( @cjonesphoto). I love the Arctic, and Curtis captures it as well as anyone I've ever seen. I'm also inspired on a daily basis by friends and Canadians, Paul Zizka ( @paulzizkaphoto ), John Marriott ( @johnemarriott ), and Joel Robison ( @joelrobison).



Thanks to @davebrosha for sharing his photos and answers with us this week. You can check out more of his photos on his feed and on his Facebook page,

Dave has recently returned from trips to Banff and Kluane National Park in Yukon and you can see photos from his trips there.

Dave also helps curate an amazing feed with some of his fellow photographers over @canadiancreatives.



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