Brad Wright has an eye for Monterey’s natural wonders
By Nora Heston Tarte - 65 Degree Magazine
A bolt of lightning over the water, a rocky bluff at sunset, a shadowed figure traipsing through the forest—these are the images Brad Wright captures behind his lens, traveling far, but mostly near, to feed his creative desires.
His favorite places to shoot vivid landscapes and seascapes aren’t far from home—it’s the crashing waves colliding with jagged rock formations that make the Monterey Peninsula and Big Sur such impressive places to photograph. For Wright, a sandy beach gets boring. “I like to go out when there’s a lot of colors going on,” Wright says. “I like to get nice clouds in my photos. That’s something I’m always hunting for.”
Brad first dabbled in photography in his 20s, but at the time he didn’t have enough coin to continuously develop film. So after a few career changes and a move to Monterey, Wright decided to pick up the hobby again, with the assistance of his daughter who holds a bachelor’s in photography (perhaps thanks to her father’s early influence).
Wright focuses on nature shots. Growing up, he was routinely exposed to the outdoors either traveling to the mountains with his parents, meandering around the creek he lived by, or even as part of Boy Scouts. “I love nature so that’s part of me,” he says. “I’ve always felt comfortable in nature.” The secret to his success is in more than his artful eye; Wright says being in the right place at the right time is part of the battle, which often includes rising before the sun and tracking the weather.
After interest in his works piqued, Wright started a business selling his colorful captures to the public. His website offers a full-service shop where guests can select portraits and make framing choices right on the website. He also shares his photos for fun on MontereyCountyPhotography, a Facebook page he created to encourage others to share local photos, as well.