“All that remains of a formidable castle is a crumbling ruin overgrown with vines and moss; sunrise illuminates early morning fog drifting silently through a valley in an instant that will exist only once in time; a mountain is gradually devoured by wind and water leaving behind sediment that is already becoming something new.

The transitory nature of existence binds everything in the material world. Careful observation reveals the beauty within each fleeting moment.” —Bret Culp

Photographer: Bret Culp


Bret Culp's haunting black and white photographs convey the beauty of impermanence, the central theme of his work. Through his diverse travels Bret seeks scenes of a transitory nature. From the ruins of Ireland, to a 9000-year-old cave town in southern Italy, to the mist-covered hills of Tuscany during the autumn harvest – his poetic vision is akin to scenes from a film. It should then not be a surprise that Bret is also a Director and award-winning Visual Effects Supervisor, recently acting as second unit director and Visual Effects Supervisor on The Tudors, for which he has received two Best Visual Effects Gemini Awards and two more nominations over the four year run of the show.

The recipient of numerous awards and honours, Bret's photographs have been shown in solo, juried and special event exhibitions in galleries and museums in Canada, the United States and abroad, including Leonardo Gallery in Toronto, Canada; The Tom Thomson Museum in Owen Sound, Canada; The Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, USA; and the Masters of Photography Exhibition in Curitiba, Brazil. His work has been internationally published in magazines such as LensWork, USA, and Photographers’ Companion, China, and is held in public and private collections around the world.

As a Director, Visual Effects Supervisor and Producer Bret has contributed to more than 50 feature films, mini-series, and television shows including Edward Burtynsky's Watermark, Camelot, IMAX: Hubble 3D, Silent Hill and Fly Away Home. 

Bret was born in Dunnville, Ontario, Canada. He studied Film and Photography at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada.


A Passage Through Time, Skellig Michael, Kerry
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Photographer: Bret Culp

"Sometimes one day changes everything; sometimes years change nothing." - Irish Proverb

The Reintegration of Lanesborough Lodge, Cavan
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Photographer: Bret Culp

"Time drops in decay
Like a candle burnt out.
And the mountains and woods
Have their day, have their day;
But, kindly old rout
Of the fire-born moods,
You pass not away."

- William Butler Yeats

Dunran Sheep, Wicklow
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Photographer: Bret Culp

"This ink painting of wind
Blowing through pines
Who hears it?"

- Bret Culp

Passageway, Gaulstown Portal Tomb, Waterford
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Photographer: Bret Culp

"In the depths of stillness all words melt away, clouds disperse and it vividly appears before you."

- John Daido Loori

Turas Cholmcille Standing Stone, Donegal
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Photographer: Bret Culp

"Sorrow and silence are strong, And patient endurance is godlike."

- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Little Skellig Island, Kerry
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Photographer: Bret Culp

"No vestige of a beginning, no prospect of an end."

- James Hutton

Dunluce Castle, Antrim
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Photographer: Bret Culp

"All things human hang by a slender thread; and that which seemed to stand strong suddenly falls and sinks in ruins."

- Publius Ovidius Naso

Temporal And Eternal, Poulnabrone Dolmen, The Burren, Clare
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Photographer: Bret Culp

"In this world of change, nothing which comes stays, and nothing which goes is lost."
- Anne Sophie Swetchine

The Transience of Power, Killarney, Kerry
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Photographer: Bret Culp

"A ruin is not just something that happened long ago to someone else; its history is that of us all, the transience of power, of ideas, of all human endeavors."

- George Schaller

Scenic Recovery, Bray, Wicklow
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Photographer: Bret Culp

"How ethereal
The sunlight
Through young leaves."

- Matsuo Basho

Hole of The Sorrows, Poulnabrone Portal Tomb, Clare,
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Photographer: Bret Culp

"From my rotting body, flowers shall grow and I am in them and that is eternity."
- Thomas Moore

Sanctuary In the Valley of Two Lakes, Saint Kevin's Church, Glendalough, Wicklow,
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Photographer: Bret Culp

"The people come and go, but the hills remain."
- Irish Proverb

Shadows And Cracks, Clare, 
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Photographer: Bret Culp

"The violets in the mountains have broken the rocks."

- Tennessee Williams

Gardens Of The Sun, Knowth Megalithic Passage Tomb, Boyne Valley, Meath
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Photographer: Bret Culp

"I am Angus, men call me young.
I am the sunlight in the heart;
Moonlight in the mind;
I am the light at the end of every dream...
I will make you immortal;
For my place opens into the Gardens of the Sun.
A Dream of Angus Og."

- George Russell

Isle Of The Blessed, Connemara, Galway
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Photographer: Bret Culp

Listen to the voice of nature, for it holds treasures for you.

- Bret Culp

In Search of Lost Time, Antrim
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Photographer: Bret Culp

"May the Irish hills caress you.
May her lakes and rivers bless you.
May the luck of the Irish enfold you.
May the blessings of Saint Patrick behold you."

- Irish Proverb

Subsumed, Wicklow
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Photographer: Bret Culp

"Dwelling in one's true abode, unconcerned with that without – The river flows tranquilly on and the flowers are red."
- Kakuan

The Corporeal Matter Of Visible Things, Limerick
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Photographer: Bret Culp

"Corporeality is transient,
Feeling is transient,
Perception is transient,
Mental formations are transient,
Consciousness is transient."

- Bret Culp

Varieties Of Time, Mizen Head, Cork,
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Photographer: Bret Culp

"The Rocks are where they are – this is their will. The rivers flow – this is their will. The birds fly – this is their will. Human beings talk – this is their will. The seasons change, heaven send down rain or snow, the earth occasionally shakes, the waves roll, the stars shine – each of them follows its own will. To be is to will and so is to become."

- Daisetsu Teitaro Suzuki

Wind Blown, Connemara, Galway
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Photographer: Bret Culp

An eternity of endless space: A day of wind and moon. 

- Bret Culp

Rapid Formations, Slea Head, Dingle Peninsula
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Photographer: Bret Culp

"The world of nature moves in rhythms, patterns, and cycles, the passing of the seasons, the movement of the stars, the ebb and flow of the tides. All things happen in their own good time – rising and falling and rising like ocean waves, in the circle of time."

- Dan Millman

By Wind and Water, Slieve League, Donegal
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Photographer: Bret Culp

"In the presence of eternity, the mountains are as transient as the clouds."

- Robert Green Ingersoll

Rapid Formations, Slea Head, Dingle Peninsula
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Photographer: Bret Culp

"The mills of God grind slowly but they grind finely."
- Irish Proverb

Valentia Island Rainbow, Kerry
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Photographer: Bret Culp

"Sunsets, like childhood, are viewed with wonder not just because they are beautiful but because they are fleeting."
- Richard Paul Evans

The Giant's Load, Proleek Portal Tomb, Louth
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Photographer: Bret Culp

"The most beautiful thing that we can experience is the mysterious."

- Albert Einstein

The Dark Hedges, Co. Antrim
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Photographer: Bret Culp

"Nature uses only the longest threads to weave her patterns, so that each small piece of her fabric reveals the organization of the entire tapestry." 

- Richard Feynman