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.