134 — Finding Your Unique Photography style — Interview with Bret Culp

Pho­tog­ra­phy pod­cast #134 fea­tures an inter­view with Toronto, Ontario fine art pho­tog­ra­pher Bret Culp. Dur­ing the inter­view we talk about find­ing and devel­op­ing your own pho­tog­ra­phy or shoot­ing style. Bret offers up some prac­ti­cal tips on how to make this process easier.

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Monolith, The face of Half Dome by Ansel Adams

Mono­lith, The face of Half Dome (1927) by Ansel Adams


Clearing Winter Storm (1938) by Ansel Adams

Clear­ing Win­ter Storm (1938) by Ansel Adams


The Dark Hedges, Antrim, Northern Ireland, 2011 by Bret Culp

The Dark Hedges, Antrim, North­ern Ire­land, 2011 by Bret Culp


Dunluce Castle, Antrim, Northern Ireland, 2012 by Bret Culp

Dun­luce Cas­tle, Antrim, North­ern Ire­land, 2012 by Bret Culp


Bret shares his own Artist State­ment on his Irish port­fo­lio just to give listeners/readers an exam­ple on how devel­op­ing an Artist State­ment can focus :) you.

Irish Port­fo­lio Artist Statement

The mythic Irish land­scape and its peo­ple have had a pro­found impact on one another. The Celts saw the land as a liv­ing source of wis­dom, beauty and trans­for­ma­tive spir­i­tual power. Among the first to believe in the eter­nal nature of the human spirit they con­structed mon­u­ments to death, rebirth and the cycles of the sea­sons and stars. Cas­tles, fortresses and ruins are evi­dence of untold inva­sions and con­flicts through­out a tumul­tuous his­tory. These ves­tiges of the past con­tinue to res­onate through the coun­try­side today. Beau­ti­fully poignant in the process of decay they tell their own story and pos­sess their own mor­tal­ity. Noth­ing that belongs to the earth is ever free from it. The sacred con­nec­tion between the land­scape of Ire­land and its peo­ple has not dis­ap­peared over the cen­turies.” —Bret Culp

Over­all Body Of Work State­ment

“The tran­si­tory nature of exis­tence binds every­thing in the mate­r­ial world. Care­ful obser­va­tion reveals the beauty within each fleet­ing moment.” —Bret Culp

Links /resources men­tioned in this pod­cast:
Bret Culp’s Irish Port­fo­lio
Ignore Every­body: and 39 Other Keys to Cre­ativ­ity by Hugh MacLeod

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  1. Dominique Perron says:

    Bon­jour et merci pour ce pod­cast inspirant.

  2. I lis­ten to pod­casts while on a tread­mill or bike. Thanks for the diversion.

    Felt ener­gized after this pod­cast. Just fin­ished Group f.64 by Mary Alin­der. Have read the two other books she wrote about Ansel. He was not all that kind or patient. Check out the less fil­tered ver­sion of the Half Dome ome shot on pages 56–58. These peo­ple helped each other all the time. Ansel was a severe critic.


  3. Otis Chua says:

    Love this arti­cle.. some­times I need a good kick in the pants to get me going again, Thanks for the ideas.

  4. Barefoot says:

    A most delight­ful con­ver­sa­tion that served to rein­force many of my own views regard­ing the prac­tice of photography.

    Thank you, Marko and Bret.

  5. Linda says:

    Hi guys!
    I do think that find­ing style is directly related to how much you want to do it! When you have that desire you will fol­low it as far as you are dri­ven to. There are mil­lions of peo­ple with expen­sive cam­eras who would not spend the time or energy to explore their poten­tial because it is not impor­tant to them. For me, the first thing to be is an explorer!

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