Is any one out there?

Hello, world. I’m  Braden Gunem.  I’m a photographer.  I have always had an interest in photography and adventure, probably stemming from time spent in the pages of National Geographic magazines; after all, I still want to go harvest honey in Nepal while dangling from vines.  When I was a kid I loved the home video camera, a giant shoulder carry VHS machine of glory, by age 8 I was making stop-motion films staring my toys.  In high school, a friend and I made a documentary featuring our sub-terrain caving adventures.  I joined the Navy after high school and drifted further and further away from motion pictures for a long time and am just now rekindling my interest in filmmaking.  My first duty station, Great Lakes Naval Training Station, had a photography club where I learned to develop film, print and shoot with studio lights, skills I still use, but the real interest was in travel and adventure sports photography.  When the training was finished and the time came to pick a duty station.  I picked the furthest away and most exotic station that was available, Sasebo, Japan.

Japan was about as exotic as it gets for a guy from a small town in Arkansas.  I loved learning the language and exploring the culture.  I started shooting every day often roaming around the alleys till late at night.  As an English speaking and self-learning photographer in Japan was a major ally.  Through those books I learned the merits of Fuji Velvia; I still love and use this film. I don’t think I’m the only person that misses bags of film in the refrigerator or maybe I just dislike all the empty space:(  The one book that really made a lasting impact in how I shoot and see the world was “Photography and the Art of Seeing” by Freeman Patterson.  I feel I owe allot to that one little paperback book.  Which I still keep on my bed stand.  Once I started to “see” the Japanese culture and the adventure it afforded really got me addicted to image making.   I finished my time in the military and started college for a variety of interest that kept revolving and returning to photography.   When I was considering returning for a photography degree a photo editor acquaintance told me it would be a waste of time and money.  I haven’t looked back.


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