About The Artist
My Name is Brennan Wenck-Reilly and I am a Marin based photographer. Some would say that I have a sleeping problem, but I have grown to accept that my natural sleep pattern is what is called bi-phasic sleeping. While living with my partner in a one-bedroom apartment in SF, It became difficult to simply hang out around the apartment while my partner tried to sleep, thus I was forced to get out and about. Thus I grabbed my camera and started exploring the city at off hours. I really fell in love with this time of the day. It’s easy to fall in love with the solitude, and quietness of the city streets that are normal bustling with people. As I travelled, I expanding this love to being out in nature as well. There’s nothing more exhilarating than stumbling across nocturnal animals doing what they love to do at this time of night. I’ve encountered moose, bears, even porcupines running around in various parts of the world. I use long exposure and lights to emphasize the movement and beauty of the night.
Current projects include lighting up lakes and streams from below using dive lights.
For the past couple of years I have attempted to light up frozen lakes by drilling holes in the ice and dropping flashlights into the water (on a string for retrieval). I have yet to perfect this technique, as timing becomes difficult. There is only a short window when lakes are frozen enough to walk on, yet have no snow on them.
I hope you enjoy my work,
I was born in Tahoe, and have always loved the outdoors. In school I studied cinematography at SFSU, worked for a bit, then decided to join the Peace Corps. Living high in the Andes Mountains of Bolivia, I fell in love with teaching. I came back the the U.S., and went back to school pursuing a biology degree. currently I fund my photography habit by teaching Biology at SFSU, and College of Marin. I have a partner and two young children, who I love to share my time with. As such it’s hard for me to be completely dedicated to my photography, but I get out when I can.
For Open Studios I will be joining forces with Lori-Michele Emerson at her studio: Hachidore Studio at 546b Magnolia Avenue in Larkspur, CA
Exhibitions & Press
Member at City Art Gallery in San Francisco (30+ shows)
La Corona Dispensary in San Francisco (1 show)
Black Hammer Brewery, San Francisco (2 shows)
Cafe 78, San Francisco (6 shows)
Cafe St. Jorge, San Francisco (3 shows)