Brian Call’s ultimate goal with photography is to encourage others to reconnect with our imperiled natural world. “We are losing wilderness areas at an alarming rate, and developing a greater sense of intimacy with the earth and its natural cycles is of critical importance. Hopefully my nature photography will contribute to inspiring this kind of emotional and spiritual connection that is so urgently needed.”
Brian discovered a passion for nature photography in the years following graduation from Montserrat College of Art, where he studied fine arts and graduated in 1985 with a major in Illustration and a minor in Graphic Design. Through the use of composition and light his images capture a sense of intimacy and wonder, while reflecting his passion and devotion to protecting the natural environment. In recent years his photography has expanded to include documenting Florida’s historical places, such as Stiltsville in Biscayne Bay. His work is repeatedly described as having a unique vision in style and content as well as employing a masterful execution of his craft. Brian completed an Artist in Residence at the Deering Estate at Cutler where he had chronicled Florida’s past through a series of fine art photo exhibits – “Wilderness,” “Bay Side,” and his final exhibit “Endangered” – that all detail the beauty and peril of Florida’s rich flora, fauna, and architecture.
Brian has been exhibiting his work in both solo and group exhibitions in Florida and Massachusetts for several years. His work is collected both nationally and internationally. His photographs have been published in a variety of media including television, print, and the world wide web. Some of his credits include Nature’s Best Magazine, National Wildlife, National Parks Magazine, PBS, Nature Photographer, Miami Monthly, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Everglades National Park, Biscayne National Park, and the Deering Estate at Cutler.
He has also been heavily involved with environmental issues for many years, particularly with protecting the Florida panther. He has been interviewed several times on camera for television with highlights of his photography, including a PBS documentary about the Florida panther. In January 2007, he and his photography was filmed for an episode of Waterways TV.
WATERWAYS: Environmental Artists
The program focuses on how South Florida artists inspire conservation through their artwork. Frequently requested to speak publicly about his photography and his conservation efforts, he has traveled throughout Florida to speak at schools, public libraries, environmental organizations, civic groups, and private parties. Through his nature photography, Brian’s goal has not only been for his images to inspire people to connect to the very special natural areas here in South Florida, but also that they will be inspired to connect, help preserve, and protect natural areas wherever they are from.
Brian uses a variety of digital cameras (Nikon and GoPro) for all of his photographs. His panoramic images are created by taking several sequential overlapping shots with a digital still camera or video, and then he carefully blends the images or selected video frames together in Photoshop. Each image is then optimized using dodging and burning techniques as well as adding contrast and adjusting colors. Brian prints his images using high end Epson printers and archival inks. Additional materials are also considered for image print production to meet the design demands and budgets of client projects.