Part of becoming a professional anything, is developing, and perfecting, the skill of adapting and changing plans on the fly. This skill gets tested when you get four hours’ notice that your friend is stuck in a snow bank in Saskatchewan and needs you to cover her planned presentation. Due to this short notice, we only got a small taste of the excellent work of Bri Vos, as she provided a wonderful introduction to narrative photography.
Bri is a narrative photographer based out of Edmonton. She was raised on a mixed farm in the County of Forty Mile, which led to a love of prairie landscapes and a dislike of cattle.
Bri started in photography while working with a non-government organization in Bangladesh after university. Her experiences there lead to a desire to tell realistic stories about ordinary people. Bri views photography as a shared experience between the subject and photographer. It is this shared experience that helps create the story. The story can be about what is in the frame and also about what isn’t there. For example, she showed several photographs from the Philippines where the photos show locals going about their daily lives but the photos only hint at the fact that a volcano had destroyed the indigenous community. The photos show what looks like ordinary daily activities in rural settings, but they don’t show the missing homes, the missing jungle and the completely changed way of life.
Bri prefers to photograph subjects in their natural setting at the mercy of the weather and elements. She enters a project with an overall objective but with no intended photos. When shooting, Bri 'hits the ground running' to make ever moment count, especially since she usually interacts with her subjects for such a small moment in time. She prefers to capture the in-between moments, not the set-up moments. Her photography can be enjoyed on her website at www.detourphotography.ca.
Thank you so much to Bri for joining us to share her very interesting world of narrative photography.