Bryan Smith was born in Alberta, Canada in 1962 and has been a nature and wildlife photographer for over 20 years. His work has been featured in Popular Photography & Imaging, various books including "City Comforts" by David Sucher and "African Pygmy Hedgehogs, a Perfect Pet". His images of the Similkameen Valley are well known in business and tourist brochures, newspapers, news outlets such as CTV News, the Los Angeles Times, maps and magazines as well as many of the larger regional and municipal Websites in the Similkameen and Okanagan valleys.
With an intense of love of mountains he moved to the mountains of British Columbia in 1993. Since moving from Salt Spring Island in BC's beautiful Gulf Islands to the Similkameen Valley in 1995, he has concentrated much of his efforts on the scenery and wildlife of the Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys in the high desert southern interior of the Province.
In his work he seeks to expose the subtle beauty beneath the overwhelming grandeur, attempting to share with his viewers a sense of being there, experiencing the moment as it was meant to be viewed. This isn't always easy for a man who is now physically disabled. Unable to hike in to remote locations anymore, he has had to become increasingly creative in his approach to nature photography.
While the range of Mr. Smith's work is broad, there is a unique quality to his work that makes it stand out above the everyday crowd. His travels across the continent, from The bayous of Louisiana to the glaciers and mountains of Alaska and the Yukon, have added to his experience, as has his eclectic range of interests.
Bryan is well known for his work with African Pygmy hedgehogs, having written a book on hedgehogs and was featured on the cover of Wall Street Journal in 1996. Other interests include soapstone and wood carving (Bryan is formally trained in both fine and commercial art).
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