Bryan Walwork got serious about photography when he learned to develop film and print at age 12. In 2002, he retired to the Comox Valley and made the switch from film to digital photography. More than 20 years later, developing images alone in a “wet darkroom” with harmful chemicals seems like ancient history.

Bryan happily embraces advances in the hardware and software of modern photography, which allow more creativity and control than in the past. “Updates sometimes present steep learning curves, but the challenge of mastering them keeps me on my toes,” he says.

He has long enjoyed photographing people, but in recent years, the natural world has challenged the studio as his favourite setting, and he is often seen wandering local parks with a camera and long lens.

Currently vice president of the Comox Valley Photographic Society, Bryan also volunteers with the Pearl Ellis Gallery in Comox and is a longtime member of the Canadian Association for Photographic Art.