Swampy Cree, York Factory First Nation
Brandy Bjarnason Bloxom was born in Pinawa, MB and soon after relocated to Leaf Rapids in northern Manitoba where she spent the remainder of her youth. Growing up in the north with First Nations roots has inspired Brandy throughout her creative processes in art and photography.
A self-taught, multi award winning photographer Brandy has also helped aspiring photographers by hosting small workshops and one-on-one sessions within her home community of Denare Beach, SK and neighbouring communities of Creighton, SK and Flin Flon, MB.
Brandy has always been curious about her indigenous history and has included her learnings as well as her love of the outdoors in the work that she does. Throughout her work in the past several years she has travelled to remote communities with MKO documenting our MMIWG healing gatherings. Brandy has evoked strong thought and feeling that connect her with issues regarding our woman today.
With an eye for detail, Brandy promotes self-acceptance, passion, and celebration of our physical uniqueness with her artistic photography. As a mother of two young women, her work in this area has been strongly inspired to ensure she leaves her children with positive media influences and strong self-esteem.
More recently, Brandy has taken on roles as a documentary photographer to capture events locally and internationally. As a current board member of Diamonds In The Rough (DITR), Brandy was able to travel to Russia to document the ground-breaking work of the team. DITR is the first all women’s mine rescue team to compete in an international mine rescue competition and the first ever women to perform work in the underground workings of a mine in Russia where it is illegal for women to work underground. Brandy continues to seek opportunities that display women in roles that break barriers.
High in demand as a photographer and artist, Brandy balances her work with her life as a wife and mother of three. She continues to enjoy the outdoors in northern Saskatchewan and Manitoba always with a camera in tow.