John Van Den Brandt has had a love affair with photography nearly all his life. He’s experienced in the art of wedding, portrait, product and model photography. It wasn’t until the last ten years however, that he merged his enthusiasm for photography with his fascination with the natural world.
A long-time “birder”, John has seen over 500 species of birds in the lower 48 states. The urge to capture some of those sights formed the basis of his true passion – nature photography. John combines his knowledge of animal behavior and habitat with his exceptional patience and a creative eye to produce images that uniquely capture his subjects in their essence. Whether hiking in the remote reaches of Alaska or paddling a local river near his home in northeastern Wisconsin, John seeks to capture nature with a stunning clarity and beauty that causes the viewer’s eye to linger and to absorb the details of one moment in nature’s pageantry.
All of the creatures found in John’s images are certified to be wild and free. He doesn’t use game farm animal models or digital manipulation beyond normal darkroom techniques.
John hopes his work inspires viewers to find and explore their own wild places and to experience first hand the beauty and drama of the natural world.