"Whether it's the environment, a detail, or expression, I always look for the subtle that seemingly fixates my mind's eye. I find the smallest things make the biggest differences in images."
"Always mixing my highs and my lows to find the purpose of my art. I've gotten to discover deeper parts of who I am this way. It's important that my images have this deeper element of contrast in order to truly represent myself through my work. Subconsciously, I always seem to be trying to strike a balance between two things that are contrarian to each other. I'm not sure why, but that level of subconscious conflict is an important element of my work."
"This is a purely personal perspective, but it's important for my work that each image, even to portray the feeling of atmosphere. This isn't exclusive to somber emotions, but my work tends to lean that way on its own accord. For me, all my images bring me a personal feeling of nostalgia, that in itself is atmospheric, but to if I can guide someone to feel something relatable to their own life or perspective than that's pretty cool."
When I asked Brjánn to tell me about his ingredients, there was a thoughtful pause, and he came back with this beautiful outpouring of reflection — the same thoughtfulness is also what I see in his work. To look at each of Brjánn's photos is to spend time in quiet contemplation. One of the most impressive elements in Bettencourt's work is his ability to jump between worlds and genres with ease. From sweeping, rural landscapes to the nooks and crannies of urban side streets, Brjánn seamlessly bridges both sceneries with his lens of a respectful observer, letting the moment and subject rest in its natural state. And while each photograph is a personal time capsule for Bettencourt, they also feel relatable like album covers into your own memories; I'll let his photography do the talking now.