August 2018 marks the 10 year anniversary of my business Deviant Optiks Photography!
I’m not going to put together too much of a review of the past ten years in this blog just yet. At the end of the month I will write something more in depth, but I don’t want to give away certain things before my celebration party and gallery showing at Last Best. You can find the details for the event on August 23 here. I hope you can stop in to check out some of my work, have a beverage and help me celebrate.
Well, here’s the brief overview of the ten years I’ve been doing photography. In 2008 I started shooting small local heavy metal bands. It was the type of music that I loved and the camera gave me a new way to contribute, interact and create in the community. For seven years my focus was on concert photography.
I travelled across North America to shoot concerts and festivals. Some of the most fun and most exhausting experiences were on heavy metal cruise ships; Barge to Hell and 70000 Ton of Metal.
I occasionally dabbled with portraits and fine art photography which lead me to start shooting pole fitness portraits. I really enjoyed combining two of my passions in this way.
For those of you that have only started following my work recently, you’ll know my favourite subject to shoot these days (nights) is the night sky. Photographing stars on stage to photographing them in the sky was an easy transition for me. I was used to working in the dark and had the equipment to handle low light situations.
My desire to shoot the Milky Way in the mountains and from summits, led me to start hiking and scrambling. I found scrambling to be very enjoyable and a great way to reset the mind while destroying the legs.
With all the time I was spending in the mountains I also started chasing sunrise and sunset light. The stars are my favourite, but nature can sure put on a stunning show of colour when the sun is around.
My gallery showing at Last Best on August 23rd will delve into a certain theme and tell you a bit more about how my journey from university graduate to concert photographer to landscape and night photographer happened. I would love for you to stop by.