Born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, an area rich with biodiversity, it didn't take long for Jess to spark an interest in the natural world. His childhood was spent hiking and birdwatching with his family throughout the Pacific Northwest. With help from his father, also an avid hobbyist nature photographer at the time, this interest in the outdoors developed into a passion for artistically documenting living creatures and dramatic landscapes. In 2011, Jess was awarded the International Youth Photographer of the Year award from Nature's Best Photography, prompting him to take this serious hobby to the next level. Since then, Jess has gone on to be awarded in the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. Photography has brought him deep into the backcountry of the Pacific Northwest, the far reaches of the Aleutian Islands, the high Alaskan Arctic and throughout remote regions of Central and South America. Living in an area with spectacular wildlife only rivalled by the surrounding scenery, Jess has developed a unique style, combining elements from both landscape and wildlife photography, creating contextual images that speak to both the animal's and environment's story. Equally at home alone in the wilderness or in a group setting sharing his experiences, Jess is eager to continue exploring exciting parts of the world. Jess' work has been displayed at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington DC, the London Natural History Museum in the UK and the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria, Canada. He has also lectured at the renowned Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles, California. The photographs you see here on my website have not been significantly altered, with nothing taken out or added. In order to retain the natural quality and authenticity, only minor adjustments to colour, contrast and sharpness have been made. Some landscape images shot in super high contrast lighting are not able to be captured in a single exposure. Therefore, some are comprised of two photographs taken back-to-back and manually blended in post production in order to capture the full range of tones. My goal as a photographer is to share my images and experiences to inspire more interest and compassion for the natural world. Hopefully after browsing my galleries, you're inspired to get outdoors to find your own adventures, explore amazing natural places, seek out the creatures we share the planet with, and most of all, advocate for their protection.
Some of my many inspirations...
Floris Van Bruegel