Brian Oakley Photography
Originally I am from the Smokey Mountains of eastern Tennessee, but grew up in Colorado where there was never a shortage of breathtaking views. Anything from in and around Colorado Springs to various parts of the Arkansas River, to the snow capped peaks in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. Nature was all around me and I enjoyed exploring these great locations and taking it all in.
Expression and creativity are two things that have always followed me through life. At an early age I was an individual that always found himself with pencil and sketchpad in hand, whether ‘doodling’ or working on a project that took days and weeks, I was happiest when I turned on the creative mind.
In addition to my drawing I was always snapping pictures of places I went, things I saw, or family events. Rarely did you find me in any pictures, but “photography” didn’t come until later. Fast forward, and about 20 years ago I bought my first digital camera which was an Olympus. Like drawing, I found that photography was a way of expressing myself. Finding the balance of light and the blend of colors were something I had experience in, but my passion became a new medium in the form of a camera.
The majority of my photographs, over the last 20 years, have been of the outdoors. Like my childhood when I was exploring the lake’s edge or taking that path through the hills, I never get tired of what Mother Nature has to offer. Whether it be a sunset (and there are some fine ones in Arizona), an attractive landscape, wildlife, or plants and flowers, I enjoy photographing them all. Over the last couple years I have expanded into photographing architecture, the straight lines and sharp angles draw me in. The variety of things you can find from the largest of buildings, to a pier, or even a small section of any of the above…..the opportunities are endless. I have always been one who likes to challenge myself and decided to turn to what I tend to avoid photographing, which were people. Most recently I have been exploring portraiture and capturing the emotion of the model and transferring that to the end result, the photograph.
In 2012 I took all this energy and passion and formed Brian Oakley Photography. I continue to grow my portfolio as well as perfect my craft. My goal is to evoke the same emotion from you with my photos as I felt when I took them.
Join me and peer into my vision.
Be sure to follow me on Facebook to see my full collection. If there is a photo you are interested in you can also find some of my work on Fine Art America.
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