My name is Brian Barnicle, thank you for taking the time to learn a little more about me.
For over ten years now, I have been a conceptual fine art photographer creating imagery and branding for musicians and businesses (photos of which were published in Rolling Stone and other magazines). I was the Staff Photographer for Minted Corporation in San Francisco and managed a well-established photo and movie location scouting service In Santa Barbara, coordinating sales with clients like Target and J.J. Abrams. I also worked as a fine art printer for Tom Kelley restoring his father’s 8x10 negatives of celebrities from the 40s-60s into digital fine art prints. He's best known for his iconic 1949 nude photographs of Marilyn Monroe featured in the inaugural issue of Playboy magazine in 1953.
I am living in Portland, OR and my current series has been inspired by my new found love of rockhounding. I've set up a workshop to cut and polish a piece of petrified wood or a rock that I've dug fresh out of the ground for the first time in maybe 40 million years. I then bring it into my small studio to photograph, edit and make museum-grade prints and custom frames. Doing everything in-house keeps the costs down and adds my personal touch. I've been finding petrified wood in the Oregon desert with the full spectrum of colors, Serpentine on the California coast that looks like satellite views of alien worlds and quartz crystals from Washington that have Nebulas trapped inside. Nature is endlessly mirrored at different scales and the beauty it can pack into the smallest things is astounding.
BA - Dual Concentration in Commercial and Industrial Photography from Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, CA
Certificate from Hallmark Institute of Photography - MA
I've always had a strong connecting with nature and grew up camping and backpacking. Spending so much time outdoors as a kid is what taught me to how to see the world. All my images are available for print.