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Richard Brown (Canada)

Studied Photography in the year long course at the Banff School of Fine Arts 1977 where I had the opportunity to take a hobby and grow it into a life-long journey through the visual arts. In the '70s I had some images published in Beautiful BC magazine and in the '80s it led to work in Toronto with a large photo company. But a couple of years in the big city convinced me to head back to the west. Since then, with a short stint in Victoria, I have been living in Canmore, Alberta where I have had a great life doing photography as a profession. It has involved teaching community classes, displaying my fine art photos in our local community Art Gallery (where I am once again the volunteer gallery director) and deriving my income from doing weddings, portraiture and commercial photography.


This journey with photography has involved a deep interest in large format cameras and a love of film..... of course, the digital age has brought about many changes, some of them uncomfortable. I loved the look of my fuji slide films, that sweet Fuji Reala film and even the gorgeous gradation of Fuji Acros film shot in my Hasselblads. I have had a Deardorff 8x10 camera and still use a hand made Ebony 4x5 and a Shen Hao 6x17cm panoramic camera. Of course, the changing demands of pro photography led me into the dark side..... the world of Nikon digital cameras. The only digital cameras I knew or used until I read about these strange little Fuji cameras...... it seemed a cult was developing and the object was a shiny digital camera that looked like an old film camera. I liked the looks and based on the reviews, I ordered my X100S through The Camera Store in Calgary. I had never seen an X100 let alone this new one...never had one in my hands. And I was taking it to France for a holiday three weeks later. Very steep learning curve from my SLR world.... very different buttons and modes etc, etc, etc And when i pixel peeped the images on my monitor, the images looked so different from the DSLR ones..... but ah, the proof is in the prints. And what prints..... I truly doubted that I could do large prints. That is until I had 12x18" prints done and then, from an xpro1 and the 18-55 kit lens I got a print done 20x30". I am now a believer.... it doesn't do everything but biking around Arles in the south of France and creating lovely images without breaking my back... there is further proof. I like it. More to come.