About Connie

If, as I believe, photographs are self-portraits of the artist’s vision, then mine are emotional, clean and clear and straight forward images of light, light as color, light as heat, light as the very essence of life.  And they are invariably joyful.  A photograph is captured light, captured life in color, vibrant and lively, or muted and serene, or light stripped of color and presented as heat, life itself sculpted by an invisible hand.

Artist's Statement

I want to conspire with the viewer to tell a story in one captured moment.  We are each involved.  The viewer’s life’s experience shapes his response to what he sees. My curiosity, patience, timing and knowledge of the subject bring an enigmatic instant to life, Cartier-Bresson’s ‘Critical Moment.’ The image presented on paper or canvas or fabric is unchanging, archival, but the interpretation can be unique to each viewer, and even different each time it is viewed. It is that multi-layered story that I aim to tell.

Thus, using the best possible camera and field techniques, mastering the plays of natural light and shadow, I present the story my mind saw.  Mine is not a computer-based art.  It is the art of the natural world and of the heart.

If, as I believe, photographs are self-portraits of the artist’s vision, then mine are emotional, clean and clear and straight forward images of light, light as color, light as heat, light as the very essence of life.  And they are invariably joyful.  A photograph is captured light, captured life in color, vibrant and lively, or muted and serene, or light stripped of color and presented as heat, life itself sculpted by an invisible hand.

With me, silence the cacophony and isolate one element. Let the static recede for now. Experience simplicity, elegance, serenity or pure joy in being.

About Connie

Connie Bransilver has been a professional conservation photographer, writer, and now filmmaker for 25 years. As a Duke University grad, she allied herself with Duke Primate Center field work in Madagascar, earning a reputation for co-discovering a new sub-species of lemur, documenting field studies under National Geographic grants, and collaborating on Wild Chronicles television segments about the "Sadabe" lemur. She worked with top chimpanzee researchers in Uganda, Ivory Coast and Tanzania and with World Wildlife Fund, African Wildlife Federation and others throughout Africa.

For 15 years assignments for Wildlife Conservation Society-Indonesia, then USAID aerial surveys, the Sumatra Tiger Team (camera traps), Balikpapan Orangutan Society, Wild Foundation (bush meat trade), UNESCO-Asia(World Heritage Sites), have focused her work in Asia. 

Though she has photographed on all seven continents, and lectures widely on conservation, she is now raising awareness of a highly threatened sub-tropical ecosystem, the American Everglades.  In the past ten years she has produced two books on Florida: Florida’s Unsung Wilderness: The Swamps, and Wild Love Affair: Essence of Florida’s Native Orchids.

She is currently working to develop Guardians of the Everglades® , a multimedia exhibition, documentary and book based on art, conservation and activism with the goal of educating, inspiring, honoring leadership and presenting evocative images and tactile encounters with the emotional draw of the Everglades.

She is a Founding Fellow of iLCP, the International League of Conservation Photographers; former President of NANPA; member of Women in Film & Video, and a Fellow in the International Explorers Club (FN’96).

The Kiss, Sumatra

The Kiss, Sumatra

Sadabe Capture Team, Madagascar

Sadabe Capture Team, Madagascar

Cat Ba, Vietnam

Cat Ba, Vietnam