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Rising Stars: Meet Adrian Wlodarczyk

Today we’d like to introduce you to Adrian Wlodarczyk.

Hi Adrian, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I began life as a professional photographer 15 years ago back in Melbourne, Australia. After many years as a Project Manager for a variety of companies, I thought it was time to earn my money from my art and became a freelance photographer. I lucked into working for Rip Curl a few times and progressed onto the World Surf Tour and that took me all over the world. Seven years ago, I decided to uproot and expand and took a position in LA as an operations manager and photographer for a photography company in Santa Monica and I am still with them today. It was not long after that our company got a phone call that changed my life, and we were invited to Antarctica aboard an expedition ship to provide photography and videography services and also be photography instructors.

After working on expedition ships for a few years and seeing places like Antarctica, the Arctic, the Russian Far East and exploring the British Isles, I decided our company in LA would offer expedition photography services as well as providing artwork for sale from these remote and extreme locations. Especially in these times of Covid-19, traveling with large groups of people is restricted. We offer small boutique, private luxury yachts for charter while leading the expeditions to the location of your choice. While on board, I offer photography tutorials and training and accompany guests on landings and zodiac cruises to help and instruct you to get the very best photos possible in these stunning locations. All the artwork I photograph is also for sale in many formats both here in LA and around the country.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Any business worth running, especially when it involves art and passion, is never a smooth road!! I think part of the beauty and eventual satisfaction of a successful business venture is knowing that you have achieved something by pushing past the barriers. Los Angeles and the USA is a big market and that was our first hurdle, becoming known for what we do best. Letting people know that while aboard our expeditions they can take the photos that they have only dreamed about while experiencing some of the world’s most amazing places was our number one priority. We work with guests from the time they book through to editing photos well after the journey has ended so that they can proudly reach and then display their own artistic talents. Trying to also get the message across to potential clients that they themselves charter the entire vessel, and therefore we as a group controls our movements during the charter, was a hurdle as some people are used to the idea of visiting these remote locations aboard large ships where the itinerary is set. The freedom that this affords our guests is refreshing and being able to either stay or go from a location depending on weather, photography opportunity or just because we as a group feel like it is a wonderful thing. Covid-19 has also created a massive logistic hurdle, and most yacht owners have chosen this time to suspend expeditions until 2021. This however has led to flexibility on behalf of us and yacht owners and local (USA) voyages and locations such as Alaska are being looked at for early 2021. We still offer photography instruction in LA and it is part of our service during these difficult times.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
Ultimately, we are a photography business, but this consists of many parts. Our prime role is to put our guests in the prime position for their own phenomenal photographs while on expeditions aboard luxurious yachts in some of the world’s most isolated locations. We organize the expedition to the location of choice, give our guests a range of luxurious yachts to choose from and are the expedition leaders while on the expedition. While on location, we teach our guests all aspects of photography and accompany them on all landings as guides and instructors. Our guests charter the entire yacht, and so we offer vessels with varying capacities. Select from 10, 12, 20 or 30 berth yachts that you then have the freedom to direct wherever you wish in your chosen location. Led by an experienced and committed staff and crew, the yachts are Covid free as the only occupants are whoever you bring on board. The locations we specialize in are Antarctica, the Arctic and the Russian Far East, although we can accommodate requests for any location around the world where yachts are available. Once committed, guests will experience the ultimate in luxury aboard one of our vessels, which includes dining from world-class chefs and premium alcohol. A selection of gym equipment, saunas, submarines, helicopters, motorbikes, speedboats and Zodiac landing craft are available on a select number of yachts.

For the polar regions, we can also source ice class and ice-breaking vessels to enhance your experience. While on board, we can supply photography tutorials or lectures and help guests get the most out of their photos. Our commitment to your photography journey begins the moment guests book, and depending on people’s requirements we can be involved anywhere from helping buy camera equipment through to editing your photos or teaching the editing process once you are home again… Obviously, the expedition itself is the most intensive part and we accompany you on all landings throughout the expedition and are available for advice at any time. If organized prior, we can also supply local experts and tailored scientists for the charter to provide lectures and in-field information. This includes marine biologists, historians, geologists or general naturalists. The other part of our business is fine art sales. All of our photographs are for sale as pieces from our collection of travel images. All our art is available on multiple mediums including plexiglass face mount, canvas, framed archival quality paper or just as prints on archival quality paper. Sizing is as per what our clients require with our most popular being 60″ x 40″. Feel free to look through our gallery and ask us any questions if you are interested in any pieces. All photographs can also be purchased for commercial use if required.

What do you like and dislike about the city?
Los Angeles is just so vibrant and full of energy. I normally travel a great deal and I am always excited to come back to LA. Its progressive nature grants us residents access to the best in food, culture, arts and entertainment and that is something to really appreciate. I also love how much the residents of Santa Monica and LA help others in times and need and reach out to each other. The sense of community, even in a city as big as LA, is wonderful. Obviously, during the recent Covid-19 pandemic the practices in the city have changed and we have had to adapt our activities a little, but it is still a great city that provides so many opportunities. The thing I like the least about LA, and I say this while totally appreciating our gorgeous weather, is that it needs to rain a little more. Not too much, we still love our blue skies most days, but the city’s greenery needs the rain.

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