An unknown angler roosts upon a river rock… he appears mid-backcast, working his way upstream. The distant tree line cuts the frame perfectly in two, and the river it slithers in from the left—an absolutely stunning composition. The vignetting of the black and white square frame transforms wispy clouds to smoke, swirling about the corners of the frame—the gleaming water descends into night. The angler is dressed with a classic wooden net, brimmed hat, and vest. The toy camera image, modern, but with a vintage twist. Brian Schiele’s Trout Dreams is elegantly surreal, trout fishing time travel, my bedtime journeys in black and white, and on paper.
I first saw Schiele’s images featured in a magazine article written by Bob White. I was mesmerized by the vintage looking imagery—an antique black and white photograph taken on a modern camera. I immediately went out and purchased one, and ever since, I have been absolutely enthralled by black and white medium format photography; especially medium format photography taken on a Holga. A few years later I connected with Schiele through Facebook and came upon this wonderful book he had recently put together. I had to purchase one immediately, and to my delight; it has become one of my favorite photography collections on my bookshelf.
Trout Dreams features images of Schiele’s fishing adventures on the Weber, Green, Strawberry, Diamond Fork, and Provo Rivers in Utah: Photographs of his fishing buddies, his favorite pools and runs, flies, fly boxes, insects, panoramas of fishing spots with people fishing them, and multiple exposure photographs of trout. These multiple exposure photographs are my favorite—beautiful trout photos transposed over fishing scenes and fishermen. A fisherman loops a cast from the bank of a glorious river tucked against intense slope of its neighboring wooded gorge. A fisherman’s arm extends from the corner of the frame, and in his hands rests a beautiful trout, nearly resting on the fisherman’s head—magical!
Brian L. Schiele, is a Salt Lake City, Utah based photographer and angler. His photographs have been displayed locally, nationally and internationally, and in such fishing publications as Fly Rod & Reel. His photography is film based and he primarily uses a Holga camera, which is often thought of as a “toy camera”. To see more of his work, check out his website www. mtbbrian.com and to purchase of a copy of his book, Trout Dreams, check out his Blurb store at http://www.blurb.com/user/mtbbrian.