We are a boutique design firm what does everything from web, print & environmental. The studio had just purchased a DSLR to use for internal purposes. I picked it up and started taking pictures. Being a little familiar with SLRs from college I quickly picked up on how to use the camera.
Several months past and I decided to do a 365 project in 2009. During this year is where I really challenged myself and learned a lot. I forced myself to shoot anything and everything and try to do it in an interesting way.
All though my photography consists of a bit of everything (close up, nature, architect), my passion is doing portrait photography. Being a geek I tend to drift towards lights and gear. I love doing natural light photography but I always end up mixing the too create a more distinct look for my portraits.
Raised in Maryland, Nicholas moved to Los Angeles in 2004 and attended Art Center College of Design. Since graduating Nicholas has worked for a number of commercial and editorial clients while also working on personal projects. His most recent work focuses on form and volume.
This is awe-inspiring watercolor artwork by Grzegorz Wróbel. An architect by profession, Grzegorz Wróbel was born in 1983 and started painting with watercolors at the age of 12.
During my studies at the Warsaw University of Technology, Poland, I learnt a lot about watercolors. Although the faculty of Architecture at this university has a strong tradition in drawings and watercolors, but most of my skills are gained from my own study and personal interest in this medium, and from friends who also work with watercolors.
In summer time I usually draw from life. I think this is the best way to learn something new and to achieve better skills. But in winter, it is hard to go outside and paint as water freezes : ) so, I paint from photos that I have made earlier.
The most difficult thing when working with watercolors is to control water! You just cannot control it 100%. I use a lot of water and I think it is the greatest thing to observe how it flows on your paper and creates magical things.
I had been sitting on a stash of photographs that I’ve been taking since 2005 but never been able to process, upload and share them online. This is partly because I was busy doing everything else and never got the time to focus on photography. This is also because I’ve been inconsistent throughout in pursuing this passion of mine – but not anymore!
As time is passing, I’m starting to feel that the old relationship between my camera and me is reviving … which is indeed very old – nearly 20 years to be precise. This relationship can be divided into three phases:
It all started with my father’s Mamiya SLR (which has long been discontinued). The excitement of holding a SLR camera at that time was more than the photography itself and the focus was more towards taking pictures of school friends and family. This was kind of an exploratory phase that resulted in serious consideration of this art for years to come.
This represents the time when I was at the art college. I also call it the golden-time as I had the opportunity to fully explore photography, from still to landscape and fashion to portrait. I was in fact able to earn a reasonable amount of money with my photography to fund this expensive hobby.
But, I can also be solely blamed for putting an abrupt end to this as I had to decide where I wanted to go professionally and, unfortunately, despite all the pleasures I had with photography, it wasn’t my destination as a profession. It was one of those strategic career decisions that one has to make early on, wittingly or unwittingly. My decision to adopt digital media over photography is something that I don’t regret, in fact it is something that I’m proud of, but this brought an end to this particular interest of mine before the potential could fully be explored.
Maturity or Amateur-ity
This is the present that started back in 2005 when digital cameras started becoming a norm for photographers opening up a whole new world of possibilities. Since then I’ve started seeing through the lens again with a serious resolve to make up for the abrupt end.
The pictures you see in this post are from the first batch that I uploaded on Flickr from the set called London. Keep watching the space on Flickr as I’ll be uploading more and more in the days to come.