Hi, I'm Ryan Oakley and I like oatmeal (among other things). I was born in 1978 in Calgary, Alberta. My parents are from Oklahoma and Kansas but moved up to Canada before me and my brothers were born.
I have lived in Texas, Seattle, Victoria, and Kamloops - but I call Nelson home and that's where I intend to stay.
I'm a traffic engineer by training - but I try not to define myself by my career, my degree, or the ring I wear on my pinkie.
Despite my inability to shut-up at times, I'm an introvert and enjoy as much "me" time as I can get.
I have two adorable kids that keep me in a state of amazement every single day.
And I'm really really glad you're here.
I have been flexing my artistic muscle with my recent project - Humans of Nelson BC.
With HONBC I am breaking past my fears and limitations by engaging with strangers, asking if I can take their photograph, and dealing with the rejection when I get a "no".
Though I have engaged in other styles of photography like HDR*, macro, abstract, landscape, etc. I seem to always come back to portraits. People just make the most interesting photographs, in my opinion.
In 2009, my art was publicly displayed at the popular Oso Negro Cafe.
*If you want to know more about HDR photography, I've included a link to a fantastic course by world-renowned photographer, Trey Ratcliff.
I love working with clients.
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