Bryan David Griffith grew up in Portage, Michigan and attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Griffith taught himself photography by studying texts and experimenting extensively in his first makeshift darkroom in 1997. His training in math and science, instead of art, allowed him to learn the more technically demanding medium of photography with extraordinary speed, and to seek out better ways of image making, resulting in his current methodology, a hybrid of traditional and digital photography.
During his first years, he earned a degree in engineering, worked as an outdoor educator, and pursued a career in business, making photographs whenever free time would allow. Finally, in 2000, Bryan left a promising position with a leading management consulting firm in order to devote all of his energy to his creative passions.
“My photographs do not attempt to document wilderness or the American landscape, but rather the feeling of being in that landscape, or, more precisely, the feeling of being in awe of that landscape. While conservation of our remaining natural areas is a worthy goal, my message is personal, not political, for it is possible to conserve nature and still lose the spirit of being in nature.”
Midnight Mind Number One featured Griffith’s photography on the cover.