BECAUSE SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO CREATE YOUR OWN SUNSHINE
I am not a photographer by profession nor am I an expert at photo editing but it does not take a genius or a professional to see how great Peter Lik’s work is. Apparently his work is much sought after but I had no idea who he is until my boyfriend and I were strolling around the forum shops in Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas and saw a gallery window displaying a captivating photograph taken in Antelope Canyon in Arizona.
This picture lured us into this gallery where we found out from that very friendly staff that the he is a multi-award-winning Australian nature and landscape photographer. His work displays indescribable beauty, offers new perspectives of this amazing world of ours and it is full of technique. He has clearly mastered his art over the years; work he has developed since 1989 when he started travelling through and photographing the 50 U.S. states. Unbelievable. Now that I am back home and have researched his work a little, I have found out that this first ever picture I saw of his work, named ‘Ghost’ ,won numerous prestigious awards for photography and was also exhibited in the Smithsonian. His photography renders me speechless and reminds me that nature gives us all the beauty we need.
His galleries are definitely worth visiting if ever you are near one; we even sat inside a small demo lounge with selected pieces and had the lights dimmed slowly so that the effects of the pieces were further enhanced. I have read some reviews which claim that his digital work is fake i.e. very ‘photoshopped’ but that does not matter to me personally. It’s art! Art has no rules.
He is experimental, abstract and manipulates his art work with light and vibrant colors. His work can get rather expensive to purchase however the ‘Elements’ collection on his website starts offering prints at US$ 195.
If you do not make it to one of his galleries, it’s definitely worth checking out his website. He describes the thoughts behind most of his work, which is an added bonus. Inspiring, effective, unpretentious and stunning photography.
In other news – fashionable sparkles is back soon!