Jason van BruggenLayah Glassmsn
Photographer and Filmmaker
Jason van Bruggen is a Canadian photographer, filmmaker and activist. He has traveled and worked in over 100 countries, including some of the most remote and austere locations on the planet. His work is full of natural beauty, found light, substance and a clear appreciation of the natural world. His images capture the vulnerability of ecosystems and the people within; illuminating a tension between the strength and fragility of people and land and the age-old resolve to survive. van Bruggen’s immersive storytelling expresses his interest in humanity and an ambition to share authentic and truthful stories. 2021’s Lowland exhibition is an expansion of a body of work focused on climate change and culture change in the High Arctic, to consider how climate change affects densely populated and highly developed geographies. The first installation of this new chapter of film and photographic work focused on the impacts of a warming planet at mid-latitudes will be displayed at Evergreen Brick Works, as a Featured Exhibition at CONTACT 2021, with generous sponsorship from the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
In addition to numerous international editorial and commercial publications, his work as a visual artist has been profiled by National Geographic, Outside Magazine, Monster Children, Mountain Life Annual, The Explorers Journal, The Explorers Log, Flyfish Journal and by numerous brands including Patagonia, Best Made Co., Destination Canada and Arc’teryx. His work been featured and awarded in PDN, Applied Arts, Communication Arts, ADCC, Shoots and various international award shows. His film work has aired on networks around the world including BBC, PBS, CBS, CBC, and SRF1 and has been shown at some of the North America’s s most prestigious film festivals.
Jason’s other interests include being the owner and co-founder of a native tree business and ecological consultancy (WILDER) and the owner of a marketing and storytelling boutique. Jason holds a Masters Degree in History from Queen’s University. He is a fellow International of the Explorers Club and a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society. He is a TEDx 2021 speaker.