Brian Davis, retired rodeo rider, has been a photographer about as long as he’s ridden horses. He shares:
My sister was a photographer before she even knew she was one. Taking photos of cars, horses, people, ponds, trees, and other things. Back then, I didn’t think much of it. But now, looking back, I suppose we both really enjoyed life itself and what came along with each day. We saw each day as an adventure. We rode our horses all day long, singing and visiting about what our lives would be like if we had to live any other way.
The second impact on how I got started taking wildlife photographs was a friend who collected deer and elk antlers who showed me a picture of a set of elk sheds laying on a ridge top. Seeing this picture set me off to buy a throw away camera and eventually getting better ones along the way. Some of my best years taking photos were because of a friend who gave me a beautiful Cannon camera. I used it until it wore out.
So, starting out, I was inspired by my sister who passed away at 19 years old and a best friend who showed me a photo of a set of elk sheds. Retired from the professional rodeo circuit after 15 years on the road riding bucking bulls, photography became a passion. Each day, I am outdoors, seeing the natural world and taking pictures along the way.
NestingCards asked, and Brian shared:
- What brought you to your art-form?
- Antler hunting and being out in the wilderness.
- What keeps you inspired to create fine art?
- I’m inspired by new adventures and what I can see: Elk, Deer, Wild horses .
- What, if any, formal education do you have to “be an artist”?
- No formal education…just got out there and done it. Taking thousands of pictures!
- How have you come to your favorite media?
- Facebook really has put me in a new media direction. I post photographs daily about what I experience in nature.
- When do you feel MOST creative?
- Early in the morning and when I get out of my pickup at my destination to start hiking.
- WHERE do you feel creatively inspired?
- In places that have energy – positive energy. Usually outdoors!
- What happens to the work you create that others of us might never see?
- It goes on Facebook.
Brian’s message is this: Take time to find and let the power and grace of nature lift you up in your life!
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