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Check out Christopher Skrabut’s Artwork

Today we’d like to introduce you to Christopher Skrabut.

Christopher, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I originally took photography classes in high school, but that was during the birth and rise of the digital era. Having gotten to college when DSLR’s began to take over, I was a broke college kid who couldn’t afford a new camera, so the hobby of shooting fell by the wayside. Fast forward to the iPhone movement, I found myself increasingly shooting more and more photographs, until I finally bought my first DSLR about 4 years ago. From there, it was only natural that my love of the outdoors and hiking drew me to landscape photography. Turns out YouTube is like free photography school as well, so over the past few years I’ve been researching and learning as much as I can to progress as a photographer. I work full time in the hospitality industry, so any chance I get to hit the road and travel I do, and I’m hoping that one day I might earn a living as a travel/landscape photographer

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
As a landscape and travel photographer, my main goal is to capture a scene in a way that allows the viewer to feel as though they’ve come along for the ride with me. I feel that every photograph should tell a story and convey a message, and that by showcasing that story to the viewer, drawing them in, it makes the photograph feel more like an experience. I’m passionate about the outdoors, and have been since I was a kid. I want others who maybe haven’t had the opportunity to see some of the places that I have feel inspired to get out there and explore for themselves. Seeing parts of our world for the first time always gives me goosebumps, and I’d hope that when people view my work, they experience a similar feeling. Ultimately though, I shoot for me, and nobody else. For me it’s more of the adventure and exploration, and it just so happens I have a camera with me to capture it.

What do you know now that you wished you had learned earlier?
I think it’s important for people to realize that beauty in the outdoors is all around you. There are amazing locations to discover all around us. People say to me all the time, you’re so lucky, you get so see all these amazing places, and yes, that’s true. However, I don’t travel all that far (I certainly hope to in the future though) and I literally live out of the back of my Subaru for days at a time, sleeping on a foldable mattress eating dehydrated meals. I take the time to explore the areas that are close to me, within reach financially. I think a lot of up and coming photographers think it’s all about money to get the best shots, but in my opinion, its more about the desire to get out and shoot something, anything, instead of just staring at their computer screen wondering what it would be like.

Which brings me to my second bit of advice…. The only way you’ll get better as a photographer is to get out there and do. Watching tutorials online helps, reading magazines and travel guides will prepare you sure, but you’ll never get better as a photographer until you actually get out there and use the gear you spent months reading reviews about!
As far as lessons I wished I had known earlier…. There’s one thing that comes to mind and that’s make the art you want to, not the art you believe others want to see. Oh, and failure, it just happens sometimes, a lot of times actually. Don’t be too hard on yourself!

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
You can find my work on my website, Instagram, and 500px. I can be contacted directly through those channels for purchasing prints

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All photos submitted have been taken and are owned by me.

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