— Jenny Neill

Blog Roll: Meet Brian Neely

Brian Neely is a talented fine art photographer currently living in Kabul, Afghanistan. He works with digital and film cameras, loves single-origin coffees and microbrews, and is the only person I know who has run the Athens Classic Marathon in Greece.

I first met Brian at an informal social gathering; a pot luck by and for the volunteers in one of Seattle’s professional networks for women in technology. But, we were friends already by then. We’d engaged in lengthy correspondence in emails and through Livejournal; the sort of online social networking available long before there was Facebook or Twitter. Lately our email conversation has returned to one of his favorite subjects and my latest beverage obsession: coffee, with all the economic, socio-political, and agricultural challenges that surround it.

Cat Poop Coffee, Bali, Indonesia

Cat Poop Coffee, Bali, Indonesia. For Brian’s notes about this photo, read the second segment in his Seven Super Shots post. Courtesy of Brian Neely Photography.

I like reading his blog because his images incite my curiosity about the world. (He travels a lot due to his status as the husband of a foreign service officer.) Also, I often find valuable tips for capturing what it is I intend when setting up a shot because Brian shares his experiments with camera settings.

Check out BH Neely and his blog. He’ll take you on an adventure and teach you a thing or two about photography.

Correction: I updated this post per Brian’s comment.

  1. BH Neely says: June 3, 20126:58 pm

    Thanks! It’s good to know that my efforts to teach a little help people.

    One correction, and only because diplomats are very, very particular about language – my wife is a Foreign Service Officer or an American diplomat. If she were a foreign diplomat, she’d be someone not from the US, posted to DC. It’s a minor point, but the sort of thing that gets diplomats all atwitter.

  2. Jenny says: June 4, 20129:23 am

    I wouldn’t want to cause any twitterpation and have corrected the post per your feedback. Thanks Brian. Now I’m learning about diplomats from you too!

  3. Jane Boursaw says: June 4, 20129:56 am

    One of the things I love most about my work is the gift of meeting so many interesting people across the interwebs and across the globe — not to mention learning about things like Cat Poop Coffee. Cheers to Brian Neely and to you, Jenny, for shining a light on his life and work.

  4. Kee Kee Buckley says: June 4, 20125:14 pm

    I’ve had Kopi Luwak coffee, and I must say, it was worth the one time splurge of $86 a cup!

  5. BH Neely says: June 4, 20127:41 pm

    I actually went ahead and bought 200 grams of it, so I was able to enjoy it for a couple months afterward. A ridiculous expense, but you only live once, and in two weeks in Bali, Cambodia and Singapore, I don’t think I paid more than $20 for a single meal, so I blew my food budget on the coffee.

  6. Gisele aka LA2LAChef says: June 10, 20126:16 pm

    How ironic. I just yesterday attended the L.A. Wine Fest where the so called “Cat Poop Coffee” was being showcased. I guess it ‘s becoming the new hot thing.

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