I love life, people, adventures, and all things visual. I feel that photography is so much more encompassing than what many people think it to be—just a snapshot of a moment in time, or a pretty place. To me being a photographer, and ultimately a visual storyteller, is a constant evolution in the way that I see the world around me. I have been influenced by life lessons and personal growth, combined with a fascination for the changing and emerging technologies, that allow me to capture the world I see in both still and moving images. To me one of South Carolina's greatest assets is its people and their love for nature, history, the arts, and each other. Their warm-blooded southern passion drew me back to my home, and will keep me here for many years to come.
Brett Flashnick graduated in 2005 from the photojournalism program at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green. Over the past decade, he has worked as a professional freelance photojournalist. He has received national and regional awards for his photography, including first place recognition from Columbia University, Kentucky Press Association, Kentucky News Photographers Association, and the South Carolina News Photographers Association. While in school, he won the 2002 College Photographer of the Year award for sports photography, and the 2003 William Randolph Hearst Award in the news and sports category.
Among his clients are the State Media Company, The Associated Press, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, Sports Illustrated, and Golf Digest. His photographs have been published in Time, Newsweek, Der Spiegel, National Geographic, People, and on ESPN.com, MSNBC.com, and CNN’s The Situation Room and Anderson Cooper 360°. Flashnick was included in the traveling exhibition, The American President, presented by the Associated Press.