For as long as I can remember, I have had a passion for the visual arts . Throughout my youth I loved creative pursuits including drawing, art courses, and photography. I particularly loved black & white photography and its natural abstraction of reality.
Upon completion of high scho0l, I was accepted into the fine arts program at a university in California, but upon reflection, I decided to keep my artistic interests as a hobby and instead completed a degree in the next closest program: electrical engineering at the University of Waterloo. Throughout my working life, I continued to develop my watercolour and photographic skills through self-study efforts and workshops.
My passion in photography involves two diverse photographic interests from a photographic technique viewpoint; making carefully planned concept images and capturing the spontaneous “decisive moment” in photojournalism style photography.
In 2009, I switched from film to digital photography feeling that the camera technology had finally reached a practical point in full frame cameras. I use the Sony camera system because of my preference for the controls on the camera as well as the rendering of some of the fabulous glass: the way it renders both out-of-focus areas and in-focus areas.
Brian Nicol – Photograph by Rosemary Ratcliff