I had the chance this week to catch up, via the power of email, with one of my favourite Canadian photographers Brayden Elliot. I first stumbled across Brayden on Instagram and his understanding for composition and lightning had me hooked. Best part is he hails from the province to the west, Saskatchewan. Enjoy.
My names Brayden Elliott, an avid hobbyist photographer from the prairies. Currently spending as much time as possible in California.
Where do you find yourself right now?
I’m enjoying my last couple days in San Diego before heading back to Saskatoon to brave a full month of winter; I’m becoming soft…
What was your last meal?
Some curry at a Pho place…should have stuck with the pho.
Born and raised in Saskatoon
What inspired you to start snapping photos?
I remember really looking at some photos a friend took with a DSLR. I was noticing how sharp the images were and the control they had of the focus on the foreground/background. I got a pretty extensive tutorial on the manual mode that night and was immediately hooked.
Was there one photo that you saw that stroke a chord, like ‘hey I want to do that’?
It was probably a group of photos. I saw all these photos of symmetrical things, Puddlegrams (my phone auto-caps that…not sure about that one), and from amazing locations and I was inspired to start shooting a lot more.
How would you describe your shooting style?
Street photography with a hidden passion for landscapes and nature that I’m hoping to explore more in the next few months.
What was the content of the last photo you shot?
I lost a bunch of photos I took on this pedestrian overpass that’s underneath the incoming planes approach to the SD airport, so I went back to recreate the ‘lost photos’. One was my dark take on the bright Cali crossing. The other was me trying to catch the plane dead center above the crosswalk while keeping things framed nice and neat.
What is your craziest photography related story?
I wish I had one great long story of me narrowly escaping prison or peril but I’ve been pretty lucky. A lot of interactions with street people, which I think is probably pretty standard. My favorite memory is a homeless man pitching a glass vodka mickey at my head on the Williamsburg bridge in the most cheery way imaginable.
I first stumbled across your work on Instagram during a contest we were running. When did you start with Instagram?
Still the first and only contest I’ve ever won! I downloaded IG when I got my first iPhone probably 3 yrs ago. I deleted a lot of the photos from that era, but I think some still exist; it helps to show the progression a bit I think.
What to you shoot with?
I shoot primarily with my D5200 right now, but still enjoy using the iPhone along with all the editing apps fairly often.
Describe your process of finding a location to shoot?
I’ve always really enjoyed driving around new places, so I typically find myself cruising around until I see something and then I’ll hop out.
What are five things you pack up when you go out to shoot?
- Sigma 18-35mm 1.8
- 50mm 1.4
- iPhone 5S
Who are some of your favourite people you follow in IG?
13thwitness, Trashhand, Kevinruss, Humansofny, Thefatjewish, and especially my girlfriend as well as friends who are photographers back home.
What are your top 3 most used photography apps?
- Photoshop is my MacBook editing software of choice
- Pretty much use VSCO exclusively on the iPhone
- and OSnap is something I’ve been trying lately, too
What editing tips would you give to those looking to break through on IG?
Keep it clean , simple and content driven
What is The Liminal State?
The state between what exists and what’s being created. Standing at a point of change, where you can’t go back and haven’t yet arrived.
What are your top three photos?
I have a really hard time picking three out of the whole group so I went with my top 3 of 2014.
Any places you specifically dream of traveling to shoot?
I have a few ideas for some collections based on touring California more and driving some east to west interstates start to finish. South America is on my list for sure, and I’ve got a lengthy list of spots I’d like to tour through in Asia as well.
How can people check out/purchase your work?
I recently set up a Red Bubble and Society 6 that I’m trying to keep fairly current. I encourage anyone to get ahold of me at firstname.lastname@example.org (or soon to be email@example.com) to order directly from me. That way I can provide something a bit more personalized. I’m working on a website currently where I’m going to release limited prints monthly, so check that out as it’ll hopefully be up and running soon.
Instagram – thatishbray