Eric and Bry

Bryony -

Dr. Bryony Richards was born in the United Kingdom and has spent her adult life studying, working, and taking photographs across Europe, Oceania, Africa, and the USA. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy in geology from the University of London, with her subsequent research and publications focusing on complex geological datasets across six continents. Among her research interests, advanced imaging including remote sensing of the Martian landscape have continually led Bryony to reevaluate her photography practices, honing her work to include a scientific narrative. Bryony’s professional photography is focused on landscape and astrophotography with an emphasis on how these photographs can not only look beautiful but also be a valuable scientific tool. Bryony is passionate about women in astrophotography and about educating young people through photography. Her photographic work is commonly featured in international publications with many pieces having won international photography awards.

Eric -

I was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah before moving to Oregon to attend the University of Portland. I graduated from the UoP in 2007 and remained in Portland for an additional 7 years. In Portland I continued my education and training in Molecular and Cellular Biology at Oregon Health and Science University, working in Biomedical Research at the Oregon Stem Cell Center until 2014. In 2014 I moved back to Salt Lake City and began working at the Cell Therapy and Regenerative Medicine Facility at the University of Utah where I remain today. My work currently focuses on developing novel cellular and non-cellular therapies for a wide variety of diseases and injuries. 

In 2012 I bought my first camera, a Canon t3i, and began my journey on photography. Growing up I was exposed to the world of photography through my father, ultimately deciding that I highly disliked the hobby due to the absolutely annoying process of having to stop whatever we doing just so he could spent 15 minutes setting up his old film cameras and snap a photo. 20 years later I found myself with a DSLR in hand trying to take a picture of the Milky Way on an Oregon Beach. First exposure I was addicted and the rest is history. Plenty of ups and downs along my path to where I am not, but there's never been a fading of that excitement and addiction to seeing a new exposure displayed on the back of my camera.