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 -

Eric was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah before moving to Oregon to attend the University of Portland. He graduated from the University of Portland in 2007 and remained in Portland for an additional 7 years. In Portland he continued his 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 he moved back to Salt Lake City and began working at the Cell Therapy and Regenerative Medicine Facility at the University of Utah where he remains today. His work currently focuses on developing novel cellular and non-cellular therapies for a wide variety of diseases and injuries in a cGMP facility doing cutting edge research.

In 2012 He bought my first camera, a Canon t3i, and began his journey into the world of photography. Growing up he was exposed to the hobby through his father, ultimately deciding that he highly disliked the hobby due to the absolutely annoying process of having to stop whatever they were doing on family trips just so he could sped 15 minutes setting up his old film cameras and snap a photo. 20 years later Eric found himself with a DSLR in hand trying to take a picture of the Milky Way on an Oregon Beach. After the first exposure he was addicted and the rest is history. There were plenty of ups and downs along his path to where he is now, but there's never been a fading of that excitement and addiction to seeing a new exposure displayed on the back of his camera. Eric is currently working on creating high resolution panoramas of the night sky as well as deep space astrophotography through the use of equatorial tracking mounts, his experience has allowed him to grow and develop techniques that are becoming more and more popular in the night photography community. Together with Bryony they offer a wealth of knowledge and experience in a complex field, teaching workshops and classes, speaking at conferences and seminars, and always working on improving their own work for the joy and knowledge of others.