We had the good fortune of connecting with Brett Bartlett and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brett, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
It’s a long, but short story. I have always been interested in art design. In my early life I took photography, art, architectural design as classes thinking that would be my career path as an adult. Where it takes a turn is when those classes get stripped from the curriculum and being strong in science and math I find myself pursuing studies and a career in healthcare. Totally different ways of thinking. I have always enjoyed photography and the arts and I literally stumbled back into photography. It started with both photo and videography where I eventually was a contracted help for a rapid growing fitness movement. As things moved forward I was needing more from photography and was led down the path of wanting to shoot people and overtime that has evolved to pursuing both the creative exploration of photography as well as lifestyle. So that is the background which led me there. I literally stumbled into because I knew how to work the camera, but it’s grown and what I found is that artistic side of me was not being satisfied and I needed an expressive outlet to experiment with light and the human form. The when it comes to editing, I found that to be added layers to creating those visualizations. As I started to grown I realized people shared in my vision and that’s when it flipped back from not only a creative endeavor but also a career.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My art or lifestyle photography. I branch out into editorial and fashion. Lately I have been diving more into creative forms of photography using lights and shapes to assemble my vision, create a mood or an expression. I can say the road to get here has been a long one. Like anything it’s pressure over time. It’s trial and error. It’s experimenting. It’s truly the only way to develop your style or your art. I found the best way to keep moving was to keep pushing. The realization that growth isn’t overnight and to not get hung up on what other people do or don’t do. It’s great to look back and say “oh….I took that” while grinding your teeth, lol. I have also learned to reach out to people. Create an open dialogue and talk to other artists to see if they will share their endeavor or how they got the shot. Learning opportunities are at our fingertips, but you gotta apply it and trial it. What I want people to know about Brett Howe photography is that it’s still growing and always will be and there is no creative endeavor to big because I have built relationships with some fantastic creatives that can help light that flame.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Favorite spots in the city. This is tough. I am a total home body. Arizona has a lot to offer, but if I have a friend visiting who has never been to the Grand Canyon that’s a must. Then a day in Sedona with hiking and taking it the beauty there. If we are in town, it’s gonna be tiki drinks at undertow, or hitting up a cocktail lounge and grabbing food.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My story has many people to thank along the way, many of them were original media members for CrossFit HQ where the creative process started and then when I branched into people it was the mentoring by James Lewis of JLP (James Lewis photography) that really started the ball rolling. There are a lot of people also within the Arizona photography community who have helped me as well as models who sought out and shared my vision. To many names to list. I have been fortunate to have good friends who have been supportive, encouraging and helpful either by bribing me a sandwich or giving my criticism. Lastly and probably the most important is my family who also gets to be my subjects for my experiments or my trigger finger when I need it.
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