Photo career starting to click for former Jasperite
In mountain biking terms, action sports photographer Bruno Long is feeling the flow.
The former Jasperite has come a long way since he first started hauling his camera around with his ski buddies at Marmot Basin and getting his film developed at Tekarra Color Lab. Now based in Revelstoke, Long is a regular contributor to Powder and Backcountry Magazine, as well as a senior photographer with Bike Magazine.
“Three years ago I was barely submitting, now my name’s beside some of the photographers I’ve looked up to for the past 10 years,” he said while visiting Jasper last month.
But it hasn’t been all cover shots and exotic locales. To get to the point where he’s not cleaning campgrounds, bussing tables or stringing Christmas lights to cover the rent, Long has had to put a lot of time behind the lens. He’s marched the extra mile to get the unique angle, froze his fingers waiting for perfect light and logged an “absurd amount of time” in front of the computer researching, arranging logistics and looking for inspiration via other creative types.
“You’ve got to treat it like a job,” he says. “If I can go to a spot and get a photo published because I’m the only one who wants to go there and get it, that’s perfect, that’s exactly what I’m going for.”
Between the point when he came to Jasper as a 19-year-old and now, where he’s being sought out by the big boys of action sports media, Long has learned a lot about the industry. The first rule of getting great photos, he said, is to always pack your gear.