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Turning Back the Clock


By Adrian Zupp

One of the things Peter enjoys most about his work is returning to happy hunting grounds. Places where he’s taken shots in the past and enjoyed special moments. For him, these places are inspirational and rarely let him down in getting yet another great shot.

“There’s something special about turning back the clock like that,” said Peter. “When we went up to Alaska to film for ‘From the Edge with Peter Lik’ we returned to a place I’d taken a photograph in 1984. It had changed a lot but it was definitely the place. I photographed it again and it’s hard to describe the feeling. A little bit eerie, I guess, but it was nostalgic too. My mind went back to ’84 when I was basically just starting out and there I was again. It really drove home how far I’ve come in my career.”

Also during the filming of his TV show, Peter returned to a location in Yosemite National Park where he took a photograph that was his first U.S. sale – to a company in San Francisco that used the image in a calendar.

“It’s the same with Australia,” added Peter. “I’ve gone back to so many places – well known and not so well known – and photographed scenes years after I first went to those spots. You realize what a learning experience photography can be. You become more and more connected with the land, with different places. It happens with time. And that adds to how you appreciate your profession.”

And then there’s Antelope Canyon in Arizona: the place has provided a bounty of Lik masterworks, from the celebrated “Ghost” right up to his latest release “Eternal Beauty.”

“There’s that saying that you can go to the well once too often,” said Peter. “But Antelope is such a unique place that every time I go there I find something new. And it’s such a spiritual place. I don’t know how anyone could go there and not feel that vibe. Like a presence of the ancient spirits. It takes me to another level when I’m shooting there.”

Perhaps you have your own favorite locations. Or maybe it’s time you returned to your roots and re-shot places that you captured when you were starting out. Whatever the case, going back can show you how far forward you’ve come, and make you appreciate your craft all that much more.

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Posted on August 16, 2011 at 4:00 am

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