Hi, and thanks for checking out my work. I am a Canadian-American fine art and editorial photographer, avid outdoorsman and degreed linguist. I am passionate about cultural diversity and the natural world. Having lived in quite a few countries and travelled extensively, I now make my base camp in Vancouver with my Indigenous partner. I love cats, campfires and cheese.
Cody Albert at SG̱ang Gwaay Llnaagay in Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site, Haida Gwaii (photo: Jimmy Aitken)
My art is a reaction to global cultural homogenization, and I use my camera to interact with, celebrate and share The Different. My work reflects my philosophy of Photographer as Maker not Taker, Seeker over Consumer. My approach is one of reverential astonishment, my camera a tool of discovery. Much the way a writer frequently does not know what he thinks or feels about something before putting pen to paper, I turn to my camera to understand my experience. What does this place mean to me? Why am I here? What do I hope to say about these people, this place? My camera helps me explore and make sense of it all.
I acknowledge that I live and work on the traditional, unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations, and I am grateful to them.
– Cody Albert