Bruce Omori is a photographer based in Hilo, Hawai‘i. Although he has been shooting full-time for just several years, his passion for the craft developed long ago. As a kid, it began as a fascination with the magical ability of film to capture a moment of time, being able to hold it in your hand, slip it in your pocket, and share it with the world… at school.
That fascination is still very much alive today, as Bruce strives to infuse elements of the moment into each frame, such as emotion, energy, and beauty, with the creative use of light and movement. His easy-going, unassuming personality and fondness for the ‘aina are also reflected in his work. From portraits of surfers on the beach to photos of native Hawaiian honeycreepers deep in the rainforest, he captures an integral part of life in Hawai‘i from a local perspective.
After spending 24 years with an engineering firm on Oahu, Bruce kissed life in corporate America goodbye and moved back to his hometown of Hilo with his family to pursue this passion, and continues to artistically interpret his view of our beautiful island home through the lens.
"Born and raised on the Big Island, I took a lot for granted, as I was terribly oblivious to much around me… the beauty of our landscape, our extremely exotic native plants and animals, and the wonderful people who call Hawai‘i, home. Only as I moved to "da big city" of Honolulu has my love and appreciation of our islands grown. Sitting in traffic, standing in lines, and surrounded by concrete, my thoughts drift off to a time when life was simple and pure, landscapes clean and uncluttered…"
"Through these images I’ve captured, my desire is to share with you, the beauty I see, the Hawai‘i I love. E hui pū i kealapono – Please join me on my journey of rediscovery!"