Photographer Robert Brown first caught my attention in the late 1990s during a long bus ride on the way to a Sea-Doo media event outside of Montreal, Canada. It was a solid two-hour bus ride from the airport to a quaint little lakeside resort in the middle of Canadian nowhere, the bus was well-stocked with libations and Brown was holding court and carrying on with the various magazine editors on board in his usual boisterous and flat-out hilarious style.
By the time we reached our destination, we were friends.
By the time I had a chance to look at some of his personal watercraft images during the next couple of days, I knew I had to introduce him to Eric Colby, my editor at Powerboat magazine at the time. And so began Brown’s 13-plus-year photography relationship with Powerboat magazine. In fact, his images regularly appeared in the magazine’s pages, as well as on its cover, until it shut down earlier this year.
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