A young woman whose photos inspire
A 20-something has an innate ability to represent reality through a camera lens
Brandy Watson says photography is much more than just learning how to operate a camera.
The young (she's 24) Gresham woman finds that taking photos allows her to express her feelings about her environment - particularly the outdoors.
She finds photography as a creative process, but refuses to use software to make any significant changes to the realistic representation of what she sees.
'I'm not an abstract person,' she said of her work. 'I'm pretty much a black-and-white person, and try to make things as realistic as possible. I just try to recreate what I saw.'
But she does use various techniques of taking photos that enhance the images such as camera angle, use of shadows, angle of light, shutter speed or reflections.
Examples of her work can be seen seven days a week during October in the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce office in Sandy.
Watson says taking photos is more about the experience than it is about the prints she can make later in her home studio.
'It's the family experience (that's important),' she said of a recent outing. 'I take a lot of photos of my friends and family.'
But she also takes a lot of photos of outdoor landscapes, and she loves to go to the Oregon Coast.
After nearly two years of education in small business management at Mt. Hood Community College, Watson entered Marylhurst University and recently graduated with a bachelor's degree with concentration in photography.
This obviously well-educated and self-motivated woman has accomplished much in her early life - even though she was a sick child and had no living parents. She was raised by her grandparents, who continue to inspire her.
Watson's goals include having a gallery and studio in a small town on the Oregon Coast, taking photos for 'National Geographic' and publishing a book.
'But what matters to me most,' she said, 'is enjoying the adventures that my camera takes me on, and spending time with my friends and family who go on these adventures with me. I love my photography and I always look forward to the adventures ahead.'
Watson doesn't take photos on assignment, but her artistic work is available at various art exhibits and shows such as the annual Gresham Art Walk as well as through her website.
She will make prints of any of her photos in sizes from 5X7 to 17X22, and she can mat and frame the prints if requested.
Her work was shown last spring in a juried show in Gresham, and is now on display at the Paris Cafe in Sandy and for three more weeks at the chamber, 38963 Pioneer Blvd.