Based in North Carolina, but frequently mobile, I am an alumna of UNC-Chapel Hill, with a degree in Studio Art and a color photography concentration. Though I shoot mostly with 35mm color film, I often work in high-end digital, occasionally shoot black and white film, and, for a rare but pleasurable experience, work with my 4x5 field camera. I have an affinity for natural light, and love to shoot subjects in their natural settings; also, I am experienced in all darkroom work, especially manual color printing.

 

Ultimately, I want to work in developing countries, integrating photography with environmental and humanitarian work, accompanied by documentary writing. My photographs have been published in the Washington Post, Montana Quarterly Magazine, and newspaper political campaigns state-wide in Montana. World Wildlife Fund's website features much of my work, as do American Prairie Foundation's website and publications. I have taken photos for the Smithsonian Institution (National Museum of Natural History), and my environmental photography, distributed by the Associated Press, has appeared in newspapers around the US, and newspapers' websites around the world.

 

The photos on this website were taken primarily in Montana, North Carolina, and Kentucky, with a smattering of Arizona, Utah, South Dakota, Wyoming, and the District of Columbia. Photographs from France, Spain, England, Scotland, and Ireland also appear on this website.

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- Valerie Bruchon....