Larry Brenden, PhotographerLarry Brenden is a multi-faceted and talented man with diverse passions. They have included: designing computer hardware; traveling to exotic, often remote places around the globe; teaching school-aged children about nature and Native American culture; driving sports cars on the country’s race tracks, and racing sailboats in San Francisco Bay.

Now, however, photography is his primary compulsion. “I am driven to photograph nature” he says, “It is a need as basic as breathing, and it is unrelenting. I want to capture the natural world in all its moods and seek out its symmetry and grandeur.”

For the last decade, Larry has dedicated himself to doing just that, and is considered a disciplined, fine arts photographer. Mr. Brenden tamps through forested mountains, streams and deserts to capture images of nature’s fleeting, wild, or intrinsically powerful places. His photographs include the majesty of the Sierra Nevada, the haunting light of Antarctica ice floes, and the dry, sandstone cliffs of America’s South West deserts.

Born and raised in the western part of Washington State, he developed a life-long love and curiosity of the outdoors. Often, during those formative years, he explored the woods and lakes of his environs which deepened his understanding of the natural world.

As a young man, and for the first time, Larry experienced profound reverence and awe for untouched wilderness while rafting the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. This life changing event left him with a hunger to see other remote, and primeval lands, and from that time on he sought out the wilds. He worked with a camera, trying to reproduce the splendor of the areas he explored, but the photos didn’t truly convey the magic of those places.

It was only after Larry took an early retirement that he became serious about photography as an art form. He saw an exhibit of Robert Glenn Ketchum’s photographs that made a deep and lasting impression. He became one of the exhibit’s docents. The impact of those images led Larry to take Ketchum’s workshops at the Albion River Inn in Albion, California. Ketchum’s influence and instruction helped transform Brenden’s way of seeing. “It opened it up” says Larry. “The workshops taught me to see different qualities in light, form and color. Even now, I’m continually expanding my way of seeing.”

Seeking to refine his talents even more, Larry attended the Rocky Mountain School of Photography’s Summer and Digital Intensive program; a stringent four-month, twenty-four-hour a day, seven-day a week course. That course of study taught Larry technical knowledge which further honed his skills.

As a former design engineer in the computer industry, Larry was able to appreciate first, the intricacies of a medium-format film camera and later the particularities of digital cameras and image reproduction. His drive for perfection and patience with precise detail were assets as he refines image composition, and refines digital printing. As his knowledge of photography in all it’s nuances deepened, he never forgot that his uppermost aim was to be true to the image he first saw.

Just as Robert Ketchum help transformed Larry’s way of seeing, a distinguished group of artists and teachers helped refined Larry’s way of printing. “I was never satisfied with the way others did my printing” Says Mr. Brenden. “So I took classes and workshops from men such as Charles Cramer, John Paul Caponigro, Mack Holbert, Bill Atkinson, and Galen Rowell. The amount of knowledge I was exposed to by these men was phenomenal.”

Larry continues to refine and polish methods of fine art digital printing. Now, with the revolution in inkjet printer technology, which includes a large color gamut, archival paper and inks Larry is able to create compelling fine photographs in his own digital printing lab that are far better than the wet darkroom process previously used.

Today, Larry is considered a serious and well received Landscape Photographer. Mr. Brenden’s incredible images have earned critical acclaim and are shown in numerous fine art galleries including: Mountain Light, Bishop, CA; Appell Gallery, Sacramento, CA; Filoli Gardens, Woodside, Ca; Viewpoint Photographic Fine Art Center, Sacramento, CA; Old Town Gallery, Auburn, CA; The Albion River Inn, Albion, CA; and in a permanent display in the offices of the California State Fair, Sacramento, CA. His work can be found in many private and public collections.

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