Ian Brown

Ian Brown is a fine art nature photographer based in Australia’s world heritage Blue Mountains.  As a lifelong bushwalker, climber and environmentalist, Ian has immersed himself in wild places.  His art arises from an affinity with the natural world and an understanding of its processes.  He particularly enjoys musing around looking for intimate compositions.

Ian tries to make images that are closely observed, strong and evocative, hopefully inspiring, sometimes mysterious, and yet ‘true’ to the subject.  Respecting and valuing the beauty, integrity and richness of nature is crucial to his practice. His photographs have been described as ‘elemental and hugely majestic’ and ‘a monument to the Blue Mountains’

Ian has exhibited widely in the Blue Mountains and in Sydney, and his prints are held in many private collections.  His photographs have been used in many conservation campaigns and in numerous books, calendars, magazines and wilderness diaries.  He has been a finalist five times in the prestigious ANZANG nature photography competition.

Artist statement

” The natural world is endlessly fascinating, with infinite levels of detail. For a photographer it can be chaotic and bewildering, and not every scene that makes your heart sing makes a good photograph. Since I prefer a naturalistic style and ‘intimate’ photographs, my first task is to look…a lot…to find potential images with that powerful combination of subject, composition and lighting, and sometimes that special other thing that is beyond both words and thinking. After a lifetime of bushwalking and natural history and a deep connection to nature, I find its easier to ‘see’ images when I understand the particular environment and take my time to tune in. Then I often have to return at a more propitious time!”- Ian Brown 2019


(Available for purchase within Selected/Collected Works sections)

The Edge, Govett’s Leap, Blackheath

Curved Abyss, Wollemi National Park

Boolambayte paperbarks, Myall Lakes

Poised, Garvie Ranges, New Zealand


Fiordland skyline, New Zealand