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Camera House : Better Pictures 10
wild Frontier Canon EOS Master Chris Bray left life as an engineer behind to embark on a great photographic adventure. Chris Bray may have studied electrical engineering at Uni, but there was very little chance that this self-confessed adventure lover and photographer would ever really opt for a day job in that business. After all, he spent five years in his youth sailing around the world on his family’s “home made yacht”, where his Dad took happy snaps to accompany the articles that ran in various yachting magazines. “I was led to believe that constantly travelling and visiting amazing cultures, landscapes and wildlife was ‘normal’,” says Chris. “Consequently, I got the travel bug early on, and photography sprang from a way to share these places with others. The more remote and adventurous, the more beautiful and interesting.” It was while on an expedition in the Tasmanian wilderness at the age of 20 that Bray began to take photography seriously. “Australian Geographic sponsored my friend and I with a camera, and when we got back we published an article in Australian Geographic Magazine, and even sold a couple of photos to Tourism Tasmania – they were the first photos I ever sold.” Today Bray splits his time between shooting for magazines, acting as a Trustee to the Australian Geographic Society, leading photo safaris and travelling to remote areas of the world to capture them on camera for less intrepid souls. Along the way he’s notched up more than a few world-firsts including walking across Victoria Island with a mate (which he chronicled in his book, 1000 Hour Feature OUTDOORS 16 016_Bpics10_Chris.v2_final.indd 16 3/09/12 10:59 AM
Better Pictures 9
Better Pictures 11