Brodie grew up in a small town in the south islands of New Zealand called Motueka. Brodie spent many of his youthful years riding BMX professionally. He first became curious about photography when he began taking action shots of his friends riding BMX. And so, this was the beginning of his photographic journey, but little did he know then all the unthinkable adventures that were to come.
During a trip to Africa, Brodie’s passion for photography further ignited, as a simple safari across the terrains of Africa and befriending and shooting the elephants in their natural environment sparked something in Brodie, as this is when he first knew this isn’t what he wanted to do, but what he was meant to do. For the magic in seeing the elephants interact with the landscapes surrounding them inspired something in Brodie and so his journey as an adventurer, an explorer and travel photographer began.
Brodie then went on to travel and explore Africa (Vietnam and Indonesia), Australia and New Zealand, carrying his camera in hand and sense of adventure, wherever the wind took him. As he’s travelled through/along the coasts of both Vietnam and Indonesia by motorcycle, living amongst the locals and getting a glimpse into how the villagers truly live in these small towns, off the beaten tourist tracks, lived in the jungle with the Mentawai tribe on the island of Mentawai Indonesia, drunken alcohol containing questionable ingredients such as baby goats head on the streets of Vietnam and ridden down one of the steepest mountains in Vietnam without any brakes.
Brodie practices in both portrait photography and landscape photography. His landscape photographs capturing the raw and natural beauty of Australia and New Zealand, whilst his world portraits offer an authentic insight into how some the world’s most interesting and diverse cultures interact in their everyday lives, as Brodie has a specific interest in the ethnic and native tribes of the world and street life, captured primarily in the streets of south east Asia.
More about Brodie…
How would you describe yourself?
I would describe myself as part adrenaline junkie, part explorer and adventurer, part travelling gypsy, part free spirit, part creative.
What countries have you photographed?
New Zealand, Australia, Africa, South East Asia and next stop India.
How did you first come to taking an interest in photography?
Well funnily enough, by mistake actually. After taking a safari across Africa, I started taking photographs of elephants, just for fun really and discovered how much I really enjoyed photography and creating interesting images. I did a bit of it before that, taking photos of my mates riding BMX, but my interest really hit a high after my trip to Africa. It took me a long while after this though, discovering which genre of photography I most enjoyed and was most gifted at. It just took a lot of experimenting and getting out there and shooting to discover that landscape and portrait photography were for me.
What do you think makes a good photo? Are there any technical aspects of a photo that you think are important or can make or break an image?
I think it is important to use lighting in the right way. Because I think it can make a photo; without the right lighting, there is no photo! When it comes to landscapes I think it is important to keep in mind; lighting, maintaining the right angle and looking for the right perspective of the landscape.
Though with portraits, I personally like to look for a person who has character, is interesting or who have an unusual quality. Or people who may have an intriguing life story. Capturing the right expression on their face can be tough at times, but I think it is important in getting a good portrait shot.
What advice would you give to any photographers just starting out?
Begin photographing things you love and find interesting. For this will eventually evolve into you discovering which genre of photography is for you or that you most like. And don’t confine yourself to one subject or genre of photography. Because there are certain elements in each genre that help you improve on your overall photography abilities and the quality of the shots you produce.