This is especially true when concept and commercial photographer Brendan Mattingly is the storyteller.
The stories in Brendan’s photographs have reached millions through the pages of ESPN, Forbes, GQ, Maxim, Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated and other magazines. Over the past 35 years, he has traveled around the globe to create commercial photography for some of the world’s largest corporations as well as the U.S. government.
Regardless of who or what may be the subject of his photography, Brendan has perfected the manipulation of photographic science to enhance the pure artistry of his work. Subsequently, the stories he tells commercially are as eloquent as those he tells though concept photos, including his noted still life & landscape work.
One photo, which typifies Brendan’s mastery of both concept and commercial art, took some 15 years to develop. While still in college, he was shooting landscapes featuring the gentle waters near the source of the Potomac River in rural West Virginia. He captured a moment where two small boys were wading in the shallow river’s edges, searching for some kind of youthful treasure. A decade and a half later, the timeless photo was selected to grace the boxes of Buster Brown shoes.
This ability to dissolve the lines between commercial and concept photography tells the real story of Brendan Mattingly’s foremost gift: his ability to tell a story through a photo, no matter what its intended purpose may be.
Brendan resides in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. He is also a trained audio engineer and a competitive tennis player.