If you’re up early enough to catch the sun rise, and the conditions are right, you may be treated to a showcase of amazing colors in the sky.
Local photographer Jamie Malcolm-Brown captures scenes like this across New England, earning himself a reputation as one of the best landscape photographers in the region. Connecting Point‘s Ross Lippman met Malcolm-Brown on a recent early morning, where the sunrise and Malcolm-Brown’s photos didn’t disappoint. (Read the full transcript of this segment )
This segment originally aired on May 7, 2021.
The Photography of Jamie Malcom-Brown
Zydalis Bauer, Connecting Point: If you’re up early enough to catch the sunrise, and the conditions are right, you may be treated to a showcase of amazing colors in the sky. Local photographer Jamie Malcolm-Brown captures scenes like this across New England, earning himself a reputation as one of the best landscape photographers in the region.
Connecting Point’s Ross Lippman met Malcolm-Brown on a recent early morning where the sunrise and Malcolm-Brown’s photos didn’t disappoint.
Ross Lippman, Connecting Point: In the early morning hours when most of us are still asleep, Jamie Malcolm-Brown is awake,
Jamie Malcom-Brown, Photographer: Uh, getting pretty close.
Ross Lippman: –and waiting–
Jamie Malcom-Brown: Yeah, nice.
Ross Lippman: –for signs in the sky.
Jamie Malcom-Brown: Yeah, we’re getting some real nice color through the trees, too.
Ross Lippman: Malcolm-Brown is a landscape and aerial photographer. Here at Cranberry Pond in Montague, his cameras are set and his drone is ready.
Jamie Malcom-Brown: I mean, this kind of light lasts, if you’re lucky, 15 minutes.
Ross Lippman: Soon, these faint hints of pinks, reds, and purples will burst with color. And that’s when Malcolm-Brown takes flight.
Jamie Malcom-Brown: Oh, yeah, it’s a nice sky. We lucked out.
Ross Lippman: Capturing a sunrise like this, with so much color and brilliance, is what Malcolm-Brown describes as an inexact science.
Jamie Malcom-Brown: As much time as I spend looking at the weather maps, I get dud after dud. Because all it takes is one low cloud on the horizon to kill everything.
Ross Lippman: Though this is certainly not one of those days. It’s the kind where a picture is worth at least a thousand words.
Jamie Malcom-Brown: I mean, I always loved, like the idea of photography. Like growing up, my family had like these big giant VHS camera they had on your shoulder. And I was always using that at family parties and stuff.
Ross Lippman: His childhood passion has grown into Malcolm-Brown being one of the most well-known photographers in New England, based here in western Massachusetts, living in Shutesbury.
On social media, his work is shared by thousands of followers. The tagline for his posts, a reflection of his philosophy: get out and explore however you can.
Jamie Malcom-Brown: I mean, primarily, it’s the love of being outside. Like, I just — I love to be out exploring new places. I like that drama of things that people don’t normally see because they’re asleep
Ross Lippman: From sunrises and sunsets, to capturing the Milky Way in the night sky, Malcolm-Brown uses his passion for photography to fuel those days he gets little sleep.
Jamie Malcom-Brown: On Mondays, I’m working full-time homeschooling and trying to manage my social media presence, which is how like photographers these days, get their work out.
And it’s some days I just can’t do it. And it’s difficult. But it’s the next morning that excites me. The next morning that I can get out for a couple hours and hopefully capture something beautiful.
Ross Lippman: He’s also exploring new ways to capture that beauty. At Gunn Brook Falls, just down the road in Sunderland, Malcolm-Brown is testing out his new slider. It’s a device that he’ll program to move his camera little by little, capturing one frame at a time. It’s hundreds in total that, when put together, gives you a unique perspective.
Jamie Malcom-Brown: Landscape photography is really just the act of being out in the landscape and capturing an image, but I use new tools for that. So ,like the drone gives you a new perspective that you can’t get otherwise. And then the slider that I’m using,it can show movement and time in a way that the human eye can’t see.
Ross Lippman: Malcolm-Brown’s goal is for photography to become his full-time job in the next five years, though he doesn’t think it’ll happen simply by selling his work. Instead, it’ll be through sharing his knowledge with other photographers.
Jamie Malcom-Brown: I think making this a living is going to depend on me finding a way to teach other photographers how to do things. So, doing more workshops, writing e-books, and doing tutorials like that’s that’s the way I think that most landscape photographers are making money.
Ross Lippman: Until then, he’s at a point where he makes enough money through photography to keep buying new equipment and pay for his travel. Though there’s still no putting a price on some of the experiences he’s had, including here in western Mass.
Jamie Malcom-Brown: One morning is like super foggy. The sun came up in the fog and one tree in somebody’s yard just looked amazing, like the sun was glowing behind it. I had on my long lens just jumped the car, took some snaps.
And, it’s just — it doesn’t look like you’re in Massachusetts. Like, that moment was just extraordinary.