Brian Maloney photography exhibit on display in Eagle |

Brian Maloney photography exhibit on display in Eagle

Local photographer Brian Maloney is Eagle Art Events' Artist of the Month for September. His work is on display at the Red Canyon Cafe on Broadway in Eagle.

Brian Maloney is a practical man.

He’s been a photographer for decades – it’s none of your business how many decades, thank you very much – and has been doing it the same way.

Go to where the people are.

Photograph them doing what they love.

Hold the shutter button down for as long as it takes and you’ll get good images.

Participate in The Longevity Project

The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.

Maloney is that guy at school events, the fair, various sporting events and other gatherings of humans. He takes photos, sells some, gives some away and loves every minute of it.

See how good life can be for a practical man?

Maloney is September’s Artist of the Month. Some of his work is on display through September at the Red Canyon Cafe in Eagle.

The Artist of the Month was Kay Cochran’s idea. She runs Wyrd Studio and Eagle Art Events, and has been doing it about a year.

“I like to see new works and to keep the atmosphere varied and interesting,” she said.

Creative cameraman

“My kids would all be skinnier if I had to pay for it out of photography,” Maloney said.

He’ll do posed stuff – portraits and the like, but would much rather be out among the people.

“I love the big events over numerous days where you get to know people,” Maloney said.

Maloney is the proud father of four delightful children and happily married to Michelle. Some refer to this sort of thing as a mid-life crisis – as in cheaper than a sports car and safer than a blonde.

“I used to refer to it as a mid-life crisis, now it’s my creative release,” Maloney said.

His photography business, Notes On Memories, has been around for about five years. You’ll find it under Brian Maloney Photography, but Notes on Memories is what he creates.

He was working a high school educational seminar when one of the teachers asked him why he took so many photographs.

He replied, “I’m not taking photos I’m taking notes on memories.”

It’s still true and the name stuck.

“Photos are one of the best things to recall the memories of the past,” Maloney said. “I like photographing people, and I really like to get them when they are unaware of my presence,” Maloney said. “I try to compose their story many times by shooting them with their face away from me. The viewer gets to look forward with the subject, into the photo.”

He loves western subjects, which can occasionally mean explaining what he’s up to.

“People look at me funny sometimes when I’m taking pictures of their boots.”

Iron Curtain excursion

He’s been shooting since high school when be borrowed his dad’s camera, a Retina, and shot Kodachrome slides by the hundreds.

He’d put together slide shows for educational seminars and other events.

During his Campus Crusade summer projects he was always the photographer, which led him to places like Santa Cruz Calif., and Lake Placid, N.Y., which leads to more stories chronicled by his photographs.

Like the time he was part of a Campus Crusade trip behind the Iron Curtain, back when it was still made of iron.

They were doing evangelism, but were cruising the Communist Bloc listed as student tourists.

His oldest son, Deacon, was a professional snowboarder and Brian was photographing the event. He spotted another shooter who kept looking at the back of his camera. He wandered over and asked what sort of equipment the man was using, and got his first look at the early stages of the digital photography revolution.

“What an amazing thing to be able to edit your photos while you’re shooting. I was sold right there,” Maloney said.

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or

Support Local Journalism