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Gary Brettnacher

Gary spent his working career as professional freelance photographer specializing in sports action. Self taught and starting out shooting skiing things grew to include most outdoor high action sports such as mountain biking, sailboarding, kayaking etc. His work has been published nationally and internationally in major publications and he has held commercial accounts with large outdoor manufactures including Patagonia, the North Face, Sierra Designs, Rossignol, and Atomic.

When digital photography began to take over the photographic world Gary attempted to make the transition. “I found that digital photography didn’t interest me. It took the mystery and magic out of the art form. I struggled with the realization that the majority of the creative side of digital is accomplished by the use of computer programs. The truth of capturing the energy of the entire scene on a single piece of film, not to be manipulated or re-created, is the essence of photography for me. I love working with different types of black and white film and then processing and printing in the darkroom. I realize that today it is a digital world. However, I still hold the firm belief there remains a place for black and white film photography as a fine art application. My goal with my work is to create images that are unique with an edge that will interest the viewer and get them to spend time with the piece.”

Today, Gary shoots exclusively black and white film and has taken his work to the next level as a fine art photographer.

Awards:

2000 First Place: Banff Mountain Photography Competition (mountain flora and fauna category)

2002 First Place (Best of Show): Brandt Festival Juried Photography Competition

2002 First Place: (Black and White category) Brandt Festival Juried Photography Competition

2003 Honorable Mention: (Mountain Adventure Category) Banff Mountain Photography Competition

2003 First Place (Award of Excellence): Comox Valley Arts Council Trumpeter Swan Juried Art Exhibition (photography category)

2003 Honorable Mention: Comox Valley Arts Council Trumpeter Swan Juried Art Exhibition (photography category)

2004 First Place (Award of Excellence): Comox Valley Arts Council Trumpeter Swan Juried Art Exhibition (photography category)

2009 Finalist Mountain Competition: Memorial Maria Luisa International Photography Competition

2009 Second Place (Mountain Ski Competition): Memorial Maria Luisa International Photography Competition

2009 Second Place (Wildlife Competition): Memorial Maria Luisa International Photography Competition

Stock Representation: Getty Images Worldwide

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