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photo-eye Conversation with Brad Wilson

photo-eye Gallery photo-eye Conversation with Brad Wilson Delaney Hoffman
Gallery Director Anne Kelly speaks with Brad Wilson about his work from Affinity, which is currently on view both digitally and in person at photo-eye Gallery as a part of The Other World! Get the inside scoop on the process of photographing these beautiful animals and hear Brad's thoughts on book publishing.


Brad Wilson, Eyelash Pit Viper #1, 2013, Archival pigment print, 22x29″, Edition of 15, $2000

This week, photo-eye Gallery is ecstatic to premiere a brand new photo-eye Conversation between Gallery Director Anne Kelly and represented artist Brad Wilson!

We have been lucky enough to host a beautiful array of prints from Brad Wilson’s Affinity series in the gallery for the last two months as a part of his show, The Other World. This exhibition accompanies a stunning book by the same name that was published by Damiani Press in 2021. 

Affinity is a body of work that has been in progress for over a decade and has always had the goal of communicating the individuality of the animals that Wilson is photographing. These portraits are not “standard” wildlife photography, and this is for a reason! They are shot at a higher resolution than a human eye can see, capturing every detail of these creatures. This supplies an amount of incredible detail that allows the viewer to feel closer to Brad Wilson’s animal subjects than would ever be possible in real life. The online exhibition of The Other World, built with VisualServer X, provides an opportunity for an even closer look as it lets the audience zoom in.

For me it’s about giving the viewer an experience that you’re not going to get looking at an animal off in a landscape somewhere, that you’re not going to get in a zoo. Being able to be that close gives you a sense of intimacy and connection that I find very powerful. That’s why I wanted it to be as detailed as it could possibly be. 
Brad Wilson


Listen to the photo-eye Conversation below, and keep scrolling for images from Affinity!

Part of the challenge of this series is that you have to look beyond just how beautiful [these animals] are, how visually compelling they are, because there has to be something else in the photograph, some other level of connection. That's what I was looking for... some moments when they've calmed down, when they look more introspective, and that's what is compelling to me.

Brad Wilson

Brad Wilson, Raven #2, 2013, Archival pigment print, 22x29″, Edition of 15, $2000

Brad Wilson, Mandrill #1, 2014, Archival pigment print, 22x29″, Edition of 15, $2000

The sanctuary owner said that [the mandrill] only knew one trick, so I said "What's that?" and the owner said, "Not killing you."
As far as tricks go, that's a pretty good one, but [the mandrill] just needed to figure out where he ranked, and then he could relax.

Brad Wilson

Brad Wilson, White Rhino #1, 2013, Archival pigment print, 22x29″, Edition of 15, $2000

Brad Wilson, Crowned Crane #4, 2011, Archival pigment print, 22x29″, Edition of 15, $2000

>> View the online exhibition of The Other World <<

>> Purchase The Other World: Animal Portraits <<

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Print costs are current up to the time of posting and are subject to change.

photo-eye Gallery is proud to represent Brad Wilson.

For more information, and to purchase prints or books by Brad Wilson, please contact Gallery Director Anne Kelly or Gallery Assistant Delaney Hoffman, or you may also call us at 505-988-5152 x202