Background information regarding the author and this website

Hey, I'm Brian Gaid.

Based in Atlanta.
Hobbyist photographer,
(cautious) technophile
popular culture enthusiast

This website is serves primarily as an online archive of my photos and related writing about photography. I also diligently track my reading habits.

The author, sunrise at Dowdell's Knob along Pine Mountain Trail in F.D. Roosevelt State Park (Sept. 2016).

On Photography, Briefly

History: I started taking photos as a hobby in 2008. I briefly spent time as an amateur then semi-professionally in the ensuing years, primarily shooting collegiate athletics. I've since returned my focus on photography as a passionate hobby and opportunity to explore new subject matter and practice.

Motivations: My photography primarily captures my interests, including automotive events like car shows and motorsports, views of nature and landscapes captured on hiking trips, general street scenes while traveling, and much more.

Publishing: I approach publishing photos here through an archival perspective—sharing a greater quantity of photos to tell a richer story and document my efforts rather than limiting myself artifically to more restrictive portfolio presentation. It's a more open display of my evolving photographic style and practice.

Gear: I began shooting with Canon cameras but switched entirely to Fujifilm's X Series in 2016 due to my preference for their camera ergonomics, lens performance, and color rendition.


This website is built with the Jekyll static site generator using the Tachyons CSS framework. It's developed in VS Code with Git version control via AWS CodeCommit and automated deployment on AWS Amplify. AWS S3 serves as photo hosting managed via Cyberduck.


I've built this website using modern tools and techniques, therefore, it is best accessed and viewed in a modern web browser. I'm constantly experimenting on and improving this website so minor bugs are to be expected on occasion.

This website serves no trackers and no ads. All fonts (and soon photos) are self-hosted. My privacy policy: I don't collect or retain any visitor data at all.

Metrics provided by my static hosting provider (which I never look at):
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Opinions expressed herein are solely my own and do not express the views or opinions of my employer.