Photographer Stephen S T Bradley photographed by Bout Yeh photographers Belfast - photo 9107.

On cloud nine

Having been a professional lifestyle photographer for over three generations, I didn’t realise how hard I was pushing myself until I began photographing skies – over Ireland and Georgia USA where I lived for six wonderful years.

While I’ve shot advertising, editorial, annual report photography for multinational clients and filmed for BBC Worldwide, doing so was led by an end result – telling specific stories in words and often art directed by other creatives.

Photographing clouds, I do what I like when I like.

Heading to north west Northern Ireland with a bunch of amature shooters and photographing The Dark Hedges and surrounding landscapes, I didn’t bring the SLR camera’s everyone else had with them. I thought I’d test my skills and shoot with an old iPhone3GS.

Knowing the picture editor of The Irish Times, from my days as a staff photographer at Belfast photo agency, Pacemaker, the newspaper ran a feature on my my sky work, resulting in a Manhattan based movie producer buying a limited edition print of a iPhone shot of brooding clouds north of Ballintoy.

Since then, 2015, I have learned to appreciate the stillness and strength of the Irish landscapes I walk through and photograph, by standing still, calming my mind and appreciating the privilege of being in that space.

More abstract that my original skyscapes, and often depicting cloudlike beings in an ethereal world, my most recent work is of skies over Newtownabbey and the Cave Hill, Belfast, and is in private collections in Manhattan, London, Paris and Munich.

I very much hope you enjoy my skies as much as I did creating them.

Peace.

Stephen S T Bradley (stephenstbradley.com)

creative director, Bout Yeh

Stephen S T Bradley photographed by Bout Yeh photographers Belfast - photo 9136

Photograph of Stephen S T Bradley by Bout Yeh photographers Belfast

Burnt Marshmallow - limited edition photo of clouds over Newtownabbey by photographer Stephen S T Bradley

Burnt Marshmallow – limited edition. Clouds over Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland

Night On Witch Mountain Redux by photographer Stephen S T Bradley, for sale by Bout Yeh art gallery Belfast and Dublin Ireland

Night On Witch Mountain Redux – limited edition. City of Belfast Playing Fields, Mallusk, N. Ireland

Sky Pig - limited edition photo of piglike clouds over Newtownabbey by photographer Stephen S T Bradley

Sky Pig – limited edition photo of dramatic cloud formation over Newtownabbey

Freesoar - birdlike cloud formation over Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland, by photographer Stephen S T Bradley

Freesoar – limited edition. Birdlike spirit high above Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland

A Very Particular Place - clouds over Cushendun Bay, Northern Ireland, by photographer Stephen S T Bradley

A Very Particular Place – clouds reflected in Cushendun Bay, Northern Ireland

Rebirthed - limited edition photo of clouds over Glencorp, County Antrim, by photographer Stephen S T Bradley

Rebirthed – limited edition. Glencorp (Valley Of The Dead), Glens of Antrim, Northern Ireland

Wonderworld - Cave Hill, fine art photograph by Stephen S T Bradley

Wonderworld – limited edition. Bird flying within enormous cloud formation, Cave Hill, Northern Ireland

Loverly - Rathcoole, from Bellevue, Northern Ireland, by photographer Stephen S T Bradley

Loverly – limited edition. Skyscape over Rathcoole, from Belfast Zoo, Northern Ireland

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