BRIGET GANSKE

I am a Virginia-based photographer and filmmaker.

I create visual stories for publications, organizations, and individuals.

What drives my work is the desire to create meaningful stories that educate, inspire, and connect us to one another.

bganske@gmail.com
804.221.8329

February Photo Show

Posted on Jan 31, 2015

Come to St. Stephen’s during the month of February and see an exhibit of my photographs from the Dominican Republic.

Prints and framed images are available for sale. All proceeds donated to support this summer’s youth mission trip to the DR.

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If You Approach, You Shine

Posted on Jan 23, 2015

“Each person shines with his or her own light. No two flames are alike. There are big flames and little flames, flames of every color. Some people’s flames are so still they don’t even flicker in the wind, while others have wild flames that fill the air with sparks. Some foolish flames neither burn nor shed light, but others blaze with life so fiercely that you can’t look at them without blinking, and if you approach, you shine in the fire.”

–Eduardo Galeano, The Book of Embraces

New Year, New Adventures

Posted on Jan 14, 2015

Big news: I started working full-time this week as a videographer at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts!

I wasn’t really looking for a full-time job, honestly, and would not have pursued a job from just any organization. The VMFA videographer position was enticing because I know (from doing previous contract work with the museum) that there is a treasure trove of stories here.

Working in freelance, I’ve gotten a broad view of many organizations which do all kinds of amazing work. Now at VMFA, I get to dive deep into one place and hopefully use a greater variety of techniques and styles of storytelling.

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What are my hopes? I simply hope to create videos that people love to watch and want to share. Videos that inspire people want to visit the museum and keep coming back. Videos that make people proud that the VMFA is here in Richmond. Videos that get people excited to engage with art. Videos that help tell a larger story of an artist or a work of art. Videos that personalize the museum, that tell that story of people behind-the-scenes. Videos that are beautifully shot and creatively produced.

Stand in the Light

Posted on Jan 4, 2015

Portraits of poet and teacher, Leslie Shiel, for her soon-to-be published chapbook.

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celebrating winter

Posted on Dec 28, 2014

Here is another fun video I produced for Sabot at Stony Point school:

Merry Christmas

Posted on Dec 18, 2014

Real People

Posted on Dec 11, 2014

I know that my friends, the Whorleys, look like models assembled to act like a family for a magazine shoot. But they are real. They really do look and love this beautifully.

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Meditation

Posted on Dec 1, 2014

How to do show young people what mediation is? Here’s a video I made for St. Stephen’s youth program that demonstrates in a humorous way the experience of meditation–recognizing the storm inside us and then, hopefully, watching it pass.

Maymont

Posted on Nov 19, 2014

There is a reason why Maymont is everyone’s favorite place in Richmond to take portraits–beautiful gardens, fish-filled ponds, elegant stonework and architecture, and 100 acres of trees.

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Community

Posted on Nov 12, 2014

Here is the fourth in a series of four videos I’ve filmed and produced for Sabot at Stony Point, an independent school for students in preschool through eighth grade. (See other Sabot videos here.)

It’s been a real honor and pleasure documenting the classrooms and the community at Sabot. I’ve been reminded how each person comes to the learning in his or her own way, how everyone has distinct talents and strengths, and how much we can accomplish if we work together. From this, I feel especially  inspired to explore and experiment with new ways of filming and editing and to collaborate more with other people.

Thank you, Sabot, for embracing me into your community!