The Peter Lik the photographer and style of photography
Peter Lik is a well known personality in the world of fine art landscape photography. Lik's personality may even be more well know than his photography due to his brash, bold, outgoing Aussie personality. Of course like many artist his art does mimic his personality. Much of Lik's work is hallmarked by bright bold colors in the wide panoramic format. People often wonder how he achieves fine art landscape photography print that are so bold and bright that they appear to be backlit. The process to achieve this backlit look is called Face Mounted Acrylic Prints with high gloss papers mounted on a rigid surface the covered with one or more sheets of acrylic. Face Mounted Acrylics are not really a secret process with special materials as propertied by several photographer trying to make themselves special with their marketing. The process make a very attractive presentation with bright colors as in the popular Japanese Maples found in the Pacific Northwest and other red colored scenes. The process is explained here on my page where I discuss the type of presentation offered at Jess Lee Photography. Several times while doing gallery or large art show presentations perspective collectors have ask if were the artist that had those galleries in Caesar's Palace or Mandalay Bay. It is always entertain when this happens and gratifying when people like one client at a Las Vegas show who after closely examining my work confided that he was a serious collector of "that guy downtown" and was going to start collecting mine since my style appealed to him more.
The most common thing they say to me is that my photography and Peter Lik prints for sale look similar People say that Jess Lee's and Peter Lik's photography are similar in many ways but my style can be more conservative in regard to processing color. To me that is a complement since I enjoy seeing Peter Lik's work in one of his galleries. Viewing Peter Lik's prints for sale, are amazing and if you miss that his well schooled sales staff' or "Art Consultants" will surely go into deep detail, if you miss the splendid images that fairly leap off the black walls. Peter Lik is a fantastic landscape photographer, and I've admired his work for years, but didn't really understand what a great business man Lik is until I visited one of his galleries. Not only is his work stunning but if I were ever to have another brick and mortar gallery I would seriously consider engaging in a bidding war to capture some of the talented Art Consultants attending to prospective customers in a Peter Lik Gallery.
But the truth is that the face mounted acrylic print that has been referred to as the Peter Lik Style is a truly exception way to present fine art photography.
I'm endlessly passionate about inspiring fellow photographers to up their game, and I've always got a piece of advice for beginner photographers who wish be similar to Peter Lik, when looking to sculpt their own personal style when capturing nature photographs - be your style like Peter Lik’s or not. While I do encourage beginners to find inspiration in the photographic masters of our world, I urge you - please never blatantly copy other framed fine art photography. J. Trout, renowned American marketing professional, has shown on multiple occasions that blind copying never works. There's a fine line (yet a huge gap) between taking inspiration from someone and flat-out copying them. Trout's advice is to strive for the prior in today's competitive world - in both business and art. I always advise budding photographers to pour their heart and soul into every photograph they produce, keeping the work of masters in mind - without blatantly copying. The audience never accepts clones from imitators. Take Kuindzhi - a prime example. Arkhip Kuindzhi was a world-famous Russian landscape painter (of Greek descent) born in 1842 and passed on in 1910! Kuindzhi completed his world-renowned artwork, "Moonlight Night on the Dnieper" back in 1880, after which he produced several of his copies. Each is considered an original. However, were other artists to make their copy too, we doubt it would get a 5-star review from critics. No matter how great the art is, it's still an obvious copy that wasn't produced by the original artist. Framed fine art photography like this is usually referred to as a "reproduction" instead. If you want to avoid your work being seen as a reproduction, it's important to find your own style and be original. Trust me - forget about success for a moment and focus on your unique spirit. In my opinion, you should always put passion ahead of profit, doing what makes you happy first - and pursuing what you believe in. The rest, including numbers, will fall into place. Focus first on creativity. Test to find what works and nurture the chemistry between you and your camera. Discover your own shooting techniques, and if you find something new and original, embrace it - the market will go crazy for it! Always show buyers something new that's never been done before - without ignoring the greats, but without copying them either. Start taking your camera with you wherever you go. Because you never know when mother nature will come out to play in all her glory - which usually happens in the most unexpected of places. Peter Lik, a fine art landscape photographer, hailing from Australia, has gone on to become a household name. With galleries scattered across the USA and prints selling for millions of dollars, Lik's work certainly creates a buzz. Rightly so. His acrylic face-mounted prints look stunning, so let's take a deeper look into what has become known as the "Peter Lik Photography Style".
Coming in Part Two