Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Adventures In The Landscapes
Adam Barker has achieved perfect balance, melding the personal with the professional in his outdoor photography
"When I was working in PR, I had a great job in the ski industry," he says. "I would travel around the country to major markets and meet with media. Those appointments were midday, so that left sunrise and sunset open. Whether I was in San Francisco or New York or Seattle or Chicago, wherever it might be, I would take advantage of these opportunities and I'd do my research beforehand and I would schedule a couple of shoots at sunrise and sunset. It sure made for some long trips, and some serious midday business meeting comas, but I was fortunate to be traveling to these places on somebody else's dollar. If I did my research up front, I was able to get some great shooting in, as well.
"For instance, the first and only time I've been to White Sands National Monument," he says, "which still remains one of the coolest places I've ever been to for shooting landscape photographs, it was because I had a bunch of media visits in Santa Fe. So I built in a day or two on the front end of the trip and drove down in the middle of the night to White Sands and got a motel room. I had an amazing day and a half."
Although his personal/professional mix keeps him perpetually outdoors, the difference between photographing for himself and for a client is night and day. On assignment, Barker is first and foremost functioning as part of a creative team, and ultimately he's subservient to the photographic needs of his customers and their shot list. So when it comes to shooting his landscapes, one of the things he enjoys most is free time in the wild, serving nothing but his own creative needs.
You can see the full range of Adam Barker's photography, from landscapes to commercial advertising images, at www.adambarkerphotography.com.
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