Brian Noppè is a Canadian photographer who grew up in Deep River, Ontario, surrounded by rocks, conifer trees, and water. The raw beauty of this natural setting led to outdoor lifestyles and homes near water and forest in Vancouver and in Squamish, British Columbia.
Two years of living in Europe as a boy taught him cultural perspectives and instilled in him a broadened world view. He sees unexpected beauty in everyday things, has a deep connection and love for nature and a keen interest in humanity. Twenty-five years ago, Noppè began to translate his fascination with the world around him through his camera lens.
Whether sliding down sand dunes in Joaquina, photographing the brilliant colours of graffiti art in downtown Florianópolis or hiking and skiing off-piste in British Columbia’s Coastal Mountains, Noppè carries his camera with curiosity, humour, and compassion. He chooses dramatic colours or simulates black-and-white film to set a particular mood and tone. He doesn’t photograph subjects, he photographs the way they make him feel by trying to simplify what he sees in the viewfinder.
For Noppè, photography is a way of being. It is seeing the world with a palette of colours, shapes and forms, always brushed with light and shadow. It is seeing the soul of a person through the glint in an eye or the angle of an arm. His lens is deeply connected to his reverence for nature. He wants to motivate his viewers to think and feel the world around them.