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Meeting famous artists Aimee and Marc

Sat Nov 28, 2015, 2:52 PM
I recently got to meet and hang out with dA veteran Aimee :iconaimeelikestotakepics:
Aimee was the fourth person to ever give me a watch on dA, almost 11 years ago.
Check out her stuff, she’s hella famous.  She was doing conceptual vintage and still life before they were popular:
we're gonna be friends by aimeelikestotakepics  Flowers for Ingrid -- Part III by aimeelikestotakepics
pip and squeak by aimeelikestotakepics  into the sea by aimeelikestotakepics
greetings and goodbyes by aimeelikestotakepics  abandoned by aimeelikestotakepics

A couple months ago I attended a workshop from the immortal Marc Adamus :iconmarcadamus:
I never anticipated attending one of Marc's workshops or meeting him, this experience was gifted to me by yevgeny
Marc was on dA very briefly and like many pros left entirely in favor of more professional sites.  You will find up to date stuff on his personal website and 500px
In the week I got to spend with Marc in Northern Montana my entire approach to landscape photography was changed.
The workshop was limited to 7 people, so everyone was sure to get a lot of personal attention. From the start, I was very impressed by Marc and his philosophy and approach to photos.  His approach is very tactical and precise, he does his research carefully and seeks out the best possible spots for the best possible light.  He always had a very accurate understanding of the weather, winds, clouds.  Few people can actually make a living from photography, much less landscape photography.  Marc has become a legend in the landscape photography world.  He spends 300+ days each year hiking, camping, traveling and chasing the best light in the most remote places and leading workshops around the world.  You won't find him in the typical touristy sites, everything is off the trail.  Here is a neat article about his approach:…
He's very approachable and helpful too.  The type of guy you want to share a meal with. I've been following his work for 8+ years and for me his photos are in a separate class beyond every other landscape photographer.  He is a visionary and understands exactly what kind of conditions he wants and what compositions will work best.
Over and over we would arrive at a spot and he could predict the exact camera settings we would need to make the scene work.  The daily routine was pre-sunrise hikes to locations, sunrise pics then breakfast.  Post processing took place during the middle parts of the day when the light was flat and there was nothing to shoot.  Then depending on the weather, we would set off in mid to late afternoon for sunset or pre-sunset hikes / photos.  He had a very intimate understanding of the area and wilderness.  If the light was good we would skip dinner and chase the light.
I returned with over 2500 photos and a completely overhauled workflow.  Halfway through the trip I had to go to town to get more memory cards.  The workshop was immensely thrilling and satisfying.  I will be going through and tweaking photos for months.  This was my first workshop with him and I plan to attend more.  His workshops book far in advance, usually 1-2 years in advance, and sell out within a day or two after being announced.  Professional chef turned professional artist, he's the toughest bloke I've ever met.  He can scramble over tough terrain with ease, people in the workshop nicknamed him the rabbit.  Blink and he's gone, 100 feet up a slope.  His philosophy statement is worth a read:


Maciej Karcz
Artist | Hobbyist | Photography
United States
Refusing worldly worries,
I stroll among village strollers.

Pine winds sing, the evening village
smells of grass, autumn in the air.

A lone bird roams down the sky.
Clouds roll across the river.

You want to know my name?
A hill, a tree. An empty drifting boat.

-- Hsu Hsuan, 10th century CE

Age: 29
Education: PhD Candidate, Physics. MS Physics. BS Theoretical Physics/Applied Mathematics.


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Yuiiski Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
I really love your work, I am trying to get into Landscape photography and your photos are like an inspiration to me, keep up the amazing work! 
MaciejKarcz Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks a lot :)
theresahelmer Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2015  Professional Photographer
You are amazing
MaciejKarcz Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
:wow: :hug:
foureyes Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2015
Happy B'day Maciej  Have your cake and eat it too  High-five! 
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