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Photo Finds – Week of April 23, 2012

Colby Brown

Colby Brown

Welcome to Photo Finds, a feature where we point you to some of the best photography around the web.

This week, we’re pretty excited to bring you the work of travel, landscape, and humanitarian photographer Colby Brown.

Colby is based out of Denver, Colorado, but for the last eight years or so, he’s blended his love for travel and adventure with his passion for photography. From Australia, to the Himalayas, to Hawaii, New Zealand, and back, Colby has played multiple roles centered around his photography. He has led workshops for National Geographic, worked as a freelance photojournalist, and collaborated with multiple NGOs on humanitarian projects.

A Moonlit Cerro Torre

A Moonlit Cerro Torre

His client list is as extensive and impressive as the locations he’s traveled to. They include National Geographic, The Sierra Club, The Red Cross, The City of Denver, San Antonio Express News, H.E.L.P, Tree’s Water & People, and many others. Colby’s workshops take photographers all over the world, including Nicaragua, Peru, and Israel/Palestine, and routinely sell out, receiving rave reviews.

What drew me to Colby’s images was this incredible sense of stillness in his landscape work. Looking at those images, like “”Moonlit Cerro Torre” Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina – Patagonia,” you have this feeling that nature decided to stay perfectly still for a moment, just to pose for a photograph. There’s a serene solitude in his body of work that immediately connects you to the scenes he captures, and that’s a connection that is hard for many photographers to make.

A girl practices her English in Jacmel, Haiti

A girl practices her English in Jacmel, Haiti

As I mentioned earlier, Colby has worked with many NGOs on humanitarian projects, but he’s also founded a couple of organizations on his own. In 2010, he founded Lespwa Haiti, an organization that seeks to draw attention to the rebuilding of Haiti through art and photography. Then, in 2011, he founded The Giving Lens, which blends photo education and giving back to local communities.

Colby also sells his prints through his online store, and is extremely active on Google+, where he shares a lot of his work, his thoughts on photography, travel, and more.

You can find out more about Colby by visiting his website, at

That’s it for this week’s Photo Finds. As always, questions and feedback are welcome in the comments section below.

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