Getting the Ink
By Adrian Zupp
When Peter took his first photo at age eight, and even as he developed his skills as a youth, fame was the furthest thing from his mind. He just wanted to be a photographer.
But sometimes, events have a way of overtaking us, and that’s the case with Peter’s astronomical success: 46,000 collectors of his work; numerous major international awards and accreditations; an image in the Smithsonian in Washington DC (“Ghost”); and his own TV series complete with a five-star premiere launch on the big screens of Times Square in New York.
“What is it they say about mighty oaks growing from small acorns?” asked Peter rhetorically. “That’s what success has been like for me. The only thing is, I didn’t know I was an acorn to begin with and that this thing would get so bloody big!” He laughs at the thought.
It seems a week doesn’t go by that there isn’t a new award, another magazine article about him, or a milestone of some kind for his iconic art. This past week, for example, the magazine “The Private Journey” got on the Peter Lik train. Or should we say “plane”?
“The Private Journey” is a magazine distributed exclusively to private jets. It’s published four times a year. The editors approached Peter and asked if they could feature his work on a full year’s worth of issues – with a full-blown feature on him included in one of them.
Sure! It’s all about getting the word out.
The July 2011 issue of “The Private Journey” gets things rolling by featuring Peter’s Grand Canyon classic “Heaven on Earth” on the cover. That cover is a whopping 20 inches by 12 inches!
From the small oaks of his post cards back in Australia, to big-time glossy covers in the new millennium, Peter Lik’s legend continues to grow.
So never give up, all you budding landscape photographers. Keep watering those dreams!