Born June 11, 1951 in Georgetown Washington D.C. as Robert M. Braley Jr. to Robert M. Braley and Vivian E. Braley. My parents were Salvation Army Officers assigned to Georgetown Salvation Army Corps. Later that year our family was transfered to Tulsa, Oklahoma. In 1953 we were transfered to Yuba City, California. In 1956 we were in the flood and by 1957 my parents left being Salvation Army Officers.
In 1958 my dad went back to work for the Salvation Army in Santa Monica, California and I would spend most of my education years in Santa Monica and graduate from Santa Monica High School (SAMOHI) Class of 1969. While attending SAMOHI I took my first Photography Class'.
In 1970 I entered the United States Air Force and spent the next four years as a Jet Engine Mechanic. Upon discharge from the USAF I entered California State Uni, L.A. in Industrial Technology. More formal training in photography was taken. I have been involved in photography ever since, yet not as a full-time career.
I moved to Alaska in 1985 and would complete a 27-1/2 military career in the Alaska Air National Guard with the 176th Civil Engineer Squadron, retiring October 1, 2008.
I now travel around the U.S. in my motorhome and do photography where ever I am.
It just kind of happened. I suppose it's possible that it's what I do because my father was an avid amateur photographer and I did admire the man a great deal, or it could be that my mother was an artist... I couldn't tell you why for sure. What I can tell you is that I really love what I do and I spend a lot of time refining, perfecting and even obsessing over my work... It is a passion.
I have spent a lot of time reflecting on things such as what is my "style" of photography. Style comes with time and is a difficult thing to force. I think more important than style is being aware of the literal nature of the image I see and striving to go beyond that in an aesthetic sense to create a captivating image.
As a photographer, I have always found joy in capturing moments and preserving memories through my lens. Over the years, my portfolio has grown to include 5000+ images, each one depicting a piece of my life journey. As I look back on my portfolio, I realize that it's not just a collection of random photos, but rather a timeline of my travels, adventures, and experiences.
Every photo in my portfolio is like a chapter in the story of my life. Each image transports me back to a different time and place, allowing me to relive those moments all over again. From the scenic landscapes I've captured on my travels, to the candid shots of friends and family, every photo holds a special significance. It's amazing how a single image can evoke such strong emotions and memories, even years after it was taken.
My portfolio is a visual diary of my life journey, a record of the places I've been, the people I've met, and the experiences I've had. It's a way for me to document and preserve the memories that matter most to me, and to share those memories with others. Through my photos, I can show the world what I've seen and the places I've been, giving others a glimpse into my life and experiences.
I believe that photography is more than just capturing an image, it's about capturing a moment and preserving it for eternity. The photos in my portfolio represent not just a record of where I've been, but also a reminder of the moments that have shaped me and made me who I am today. Whether it's the images of my travels to exotic locations, or the more personal moments with my loved ones, each photo holds a special place in my heart.
To sum it up, my portfolio is more than just a collection of photos, it's a journey through the memories that make up my life. I'm grateful for the opportunity to share these memories with others, and I look forward to capturing and preserving even more memories in the future.