Bryan Maltais, Ft. Collins, CO
I’ve been a Colorado photographer for over 15 years, selling award winning prints, publishing images, and speaking. It’s not that most photographers love photography itself, but are passionate about something that they feel compelled to capture. I’m infatuated with nature and adventure, and my camera gives me incentive to explore them from every angle. When I look at someplace exciting on a map I’m obsessed with going there to see what it looks like in person.
I taught myself photography as a teenager by reading techniques and practicing until I had them down. Back then I was using an old manual Canon film camera that my dad had laying around from the 70’s. Having to set everything manually and use the “sunny 16 rule” to check proper exposure was a chore compared to today, and I think that gave me a solid foundation. I never tire of photography because new technology provides endless new skills to master.
I grew up in New Jersey, Germany, and Missouri. I loved wandering through wetlands along the Missouri River on brisk Autumn mornings in search of wildlife to photograph. This lead me to study wildlife biology at university. I approach photography with an ecologist’s mindset, trying to infuse a biological basis into each photograph. I dreamt of someday living in the Rocky Mountains. To satisfy my adventure bone, I joined the Army reserve while in college. They sent me on some assignments out west that influenced me greatly. One was near the Cascade Mountains of Washington with Mt. Rainier looming in the background. Later I was sent to the Utah desert, dropped off the back of a truck, and made to navigate back with a map & compass. As I wandered through the arid vastness flanked by the Wasatch Mountains, I knew it was time to move west. After college I packed my truck and headed to Ft. Collins, Colorado without having anything waiting for me.
I also produce nature documentaries and my latest film “Into the Forest” can be watched on Amazon Prime. My other website is MacroPhotoBug.com about macro photography of insects and reptiles. When I’m not taking photos I like vegetable gardening, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and building websites.