Mr. Brace is incredibly grateful for the opportunity to show his work.
“First, because it’s always gratifying when people enjoy what you love to do,” he said. “Since my picture has been up at The Rooms I’ve had people find me online, messaging me saying that my picture stood out to them from the rest.
“And secondly, it is just justifying. My first two winning pictures, I had been in the Junior Division (15-18). This year was my first year being in the Senior division (19+). That means more entries and a lot more experienced artists. I work really hard with my photography, and it's nice to know that people take what I do seriously.”
Photography is gradually developing into more than just a hobby for Mr. Brace. What began as a simple interest has proved to become a potential career. In fact, he has big plans for the upcoming months.
“I have a huge project that I’ve been planning for the past few months to start this summer that I’m incredibly excited for,” he said. “It’ll be a collection of fantastical characters told through short stories and pictures. I’m planning on using one of these pictures to enter for the next competition.”
Mr. Brace also has a number of photo shoots and weddings scheduled throughout this summer, and in the fall he plans to pursue photography in school. Since January, Mr. Brace has been studying French at Concordia University in Montreal and has been accepted to Concordia’s Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography beginning in September.
“Right now, I plan on focusing more on school and to continue getting better,” he indicated. “I’m completely self-taught; my last art class was over eight years ago when I was in Grade 6.
“Though I’m extremely proud of where I am today, I feel educating myself in a more technical approach with people critiquing my work in a constructive way is what I should do right now.”