Brandon Boas knew photography clicked with him at a young age.
Born with Down syndrome, he discovered at age 10 that a camera gave him creativity and an ability to communicate powerfully with others — even if he sometimes struggled verbally to say all he wanted.
“And now what I see happening is me having my own studio some day,” the 29-year-old said.
His landscape and nature photography shot with his Canon EOS 500D camera got a big boost recently. Boas is part of the latest project of The Arc of Indiana, which supports people with intellectual disabilities. He is featured in a segment, “An Entrepreneur’s Vision,” of the documentary film series “Pathways to Employment.”
The film, which can be seen on YouTube, premiered recently at the Indiana Historical Society in downtown Indianapolis before a crowd of about 150 people. The profile of Boas includes footage of him selling his landscape photos from his booth at the downtown Columbus Farmer’s Market.
The video closes with solid, direct advice from Boas to others with disabilities:
“Focus on what you love doing, and go with that. And do not feel bad about yourself.”
His images, either framed or reprinted on greeting cards, can be purchased at his website at bblovephotos.com. They range from shots of delicate butterflies to a weary-looking barn.
What was your first picture you ever shot?
It was one overlooking a bluff near my house. It’s still on my mom’s computer (screen saver).
What kind of reaction did you hear from people about the film?
Everybody told me they were really inspired by it.
How do you feel about all the support you’ve gotten from places such as Columbus’ Developmental Services Inc. and The Arc of Indiana?
It makes me feel great. People have to remember that, even if you have a disability, life is not about what you can’t do, but what you can do.
What’s your most popular shot?
That would be a picture of an old barn next to a windmill in Hartsville. People used to drive by it all the time. But about four years ago, the barn blew down after a storm.
Where would you travel to shoot if you could go absolutely anywhere?
I would go to Hawaii. I’ve never been before, and I’d love to go to see what stands out.
What’s next for you?
My photos are going nationwide soon on The Arc’s national website — just as soon as I can get the right ones picked out.