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Arch Photographer

By Adrian Zupp

Surely you’ve seen Peter’s award-winning photograph “Sacred Sunrise” featuring Mesa Arch in Utah. And hopefully you’ve now seen his latest masterwork “Timeless Land.” These photographs and many others (“Echoes of Silence,” “Stone Temple,” “Majestic” etc.) show what a passion Peter has for shooting natural arches.

“Natural arches are wonders of nature,” said Peter. “They’re formed by erosion over long periods of time and they’re several thousand years old. And they’re just spectacular!”

There are thousands of these arches in the U.S., primarily across the Southwest. Utah in particular has a bounty of natural arches and Canyonlands National Park and Arches National Park, both in the Beehive State, have been especially happy hunting grounds for Peter.

“Mesa Arch in Canyonlands has always been a favorite of mine,” continued Peter. “If you get the early morning light, the underside of the arch glows like it’s molten lava. And the incredible canyon beyond it seems to stretch on forever.

“I remember when I shot Sacred Sunrise there. It’s regarded as an iconic photograph these days. But it took patience to get it – and arch shots often do. It wasn’t until the fifth morning I was there that the light was just right and I got the shot I wanted.

“Arches also invite really great compositions,” Peter added. “They can be the focal point of the shot, or they can be used as a frame within the shot, or you can capture just part of the arch and have a variety of focal points within the frame. I never get tired of photographing arches!”

See Peter shooting some of America’s most amazing arches in “From the Edge with Peter Lik,” “Arch Hunting,” on The Weather Channel this Thursday night, 8/7c.

And don’t forget, on Friday in “Riding Shotgun,” Peter’s assistant Mark Thurman talks about the arches shoot and what the trip was like.

Posted on April 26, 2011 at 4:00 am



  1. You all seem to assume that we know the title of the work and which image you are talking about. You act like we have been looking at his work for years.

    Surely you’ve seen Peter’s award-winning photograph “Sacred Sunrise” featuring Mesa Arch in Utah

    Why, no….I have no clue…nor am I going to search for it now.
    If you are going to speak about one of his pieces of works then put a hyperlink to it.

    Comment by john on April 26, 2011 at 7:01 am

  2. Hi John. Thanks for your comment. You have a good point and if you check out today’s blog you’ll see we’ve actually implemented this. We have a lot going on here so ramping things up and getting them exactly right takes a little time. The TV show has been a huge thing for all of us to focus on. But we will work hard to make the blog as user friendly and informative as we can. Thanks again.

    Comment by Staff Writer on April 28, 2011 at 10:17 am

  3. This is crazy when will Peter’s show be available in Canada for us Canadian fans?

    Comment by Edith Levy on April 26, 2011 at 9:12 am

  4. Hi Edith. We don’t have any idea. It would be up to the TV folks to decide on that. But as soon as we do hear anything, we’ll definitely make an announcement. We want the show global too. Thanks

    Comment by Staff Writer on April 28, 2011 at 8:38 am

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