Patrick Di Fruscia is an Award Winning Fine Art Landscape and Nature Photographer, constantly searching for those transcendent moments when the Perfect Light embraces nature in all its splendour. His work assures us: This is merely the beginning of a long and dedicated quest to capture the magnificent and unique beauty of Nature as Di Fruscia can. His desire to record the beauty of nature became insatiable and the camera became the perfect “voice” for his intense love.
We had this great privilege to interview him regarding his magnificent and unique landscape and nature photography, and we invite to read it below.
Tell us about something about Patrick Di Fruscia Photography?
I am an Award Winning Visionary Fine Art Nature & Landscape Photographer. My work has been published and displayed trough a multitude of Medias (books, calendars, magazines, travel guides etc.) and by many prestigious companies such as, National Geographic and Kodak, just to name a few. It has also been displayed in several art galleries around the world.
I have set my goals to always improve my craft. My quest to become a better photographer will never cease. I personally think that the learning curve is endless, and I only have myself to criticize when I feel that I am not living up to my artistic endeavours. Constantly searching for those rare magical moments when the Perfect Light embraces nature in all its glory, you can rest assured - that this is only the beginning of a long and dedicated quest to capture the breathtaking beauty of nature.
What’s your creative process like?
These are all real images from real locations. These images have not been created, partly created or generated by computer. By that I mean, I didn't add clouds, mountains, waterfalls, where they were none of these elements, or added a sunset where they were no sunset. All images have been taken with high quality digital cameras, lenses & filters on location around the world using the techniques I have acquired within the past 10 years. Unfortunately, even with today’s technologies, the camera does not see the world as clearly as the human eye does. The dynamic range of today’s professional camera is still not capable of rendering details in both the High and Low Tones of some specific scenes. Due to this limitation, some of the images have been created using several exposures of the same scene (Some exposed for the high tones and others exposed for the low tones). These exposures are then combined carefully using a technique called Luminosity masking. This technique provides a dynamic range that is closer to what I witnessed with my own eyes while capturing the scene.
Being at the right place at the right time, having the right tools and knowing how to capture the scene as best as possible to have the latitude of working with the right RAW file is key here... After I see the post processing, exactly as applying make-up to a beautiful woman... She already posses all the quality attributes & features she needs, the make-up will only accentuate these features in the best possible way... I really love to create a sense of fantasy in my images, both on and off the field using different techniques acquired over the years. Create a vision that makes people dream and get in touch with their inner peace. If my work makes your day a bit brighter and helps you forget about your troubles if it's only for the brief moment you look at it, then I have done my job well. :)
Some choose to use a true HDR approach, some decide to use the same approach as I do using luminosity blending and other post processing and some prefer to simply capture the scene and leave it untouched. All these are perfectly fine with me and will render incredible results when done right. It is up to the artist or viewer to decide which direction he or she prefers.
As an artist, do what you think is right for you and perfect your craft.
There is no right or wrong here, we are all here to create in our own way...It's a question of personal choice & artistic vision. Only YOU can decide what direction to take. Don't let anyone tell you that you are doing it wrong. You will NEVER please everyone and if you try, I can assure you that you will be miserable and lost. There will always be some that will take a real pleasure of bringing you down, so what really counts here is pleasing yourself. If you do, and do it well with passion, people will see this in your work and appreciate you for who you truly are.
Where do you find inspiration and why you like photography?
I find inspiration everywhere in nature, whether it is from a dramatic landscape or simple stream, nature has its way of inspiring me that I find hard to describe with mere words. That’s why I love photography so much; it permitted me to render artistically in pictures what I was never able to explain with simple words. I know I have done my job right when people share the feelings they get when viewing my work and that feeling matches exactly the one I had when I captured the scene.
What are some tips you could give to people that really like your work?
You need create images that are emotional and carefully crafted artistically. Create a feeling of inner peace, and, an awareness of the true beauty that lies everywhere around you. So, in order to really appreciate this great craft, you have to learn to let go, leave all your troubles behind and make this wonderful experience all about you. Do not and I repeat do not enter this world simply to get praises, ribbons, awards etc. You might end up being discouraged and unmotivated by the numerous negative comments people say about your work. You clearly have to learn to take criticism to your advantage and strive to endlessly perfect your craft. In all walks of life all the greatest masters and successful people have endured a battery of negative non-constructive comments and opinions but still made it on top because of only one thing…they believed in themselves. We are often worth a lot more than we think. So never despair, believe in yourself and let nature take its course.
Every time you are outdoors enjoying this great passion, stop for a minute and think that all this beauty you are witnessing is presently there just for you, nobody else in the world sees exactly what you see, feels exactly what you feel and will capture exactly what you will capture. This will make each moment you capture a very special one that you, and others cherish forever. Let your emotions guide you trough this incredible journey.
Nature & Landscape Photography is for everyone, you do not have to climb the highest mountains nor travelled to far away exotic places. I am 100% confident that every single person has a multitude of beautiful locations at their proximity and can enjoy this incredible passion to the fullest.
The beauty of nature is everywhere.
I have taken many images in ordinary locations but the trick here is to open your heart and soul and be able to see the beauty in all places. I recall a time when a photographer from Singapore commented on one of my pictures to tell me how fortunate I was to live in an area so beautiful and they only wished to live in such a place to shoot landscape photography. The picture in question was taken in Ile Perrot, Quebec a very ordinary location and when I say ordinary, I mean it; even people that are very familiar with that place do not believe that it was taken there. This shows that by using your imagination you can easily create a work of art from a location most people would classify as nothing special. I remember thinking…For sure, I would rather shoot in Singapore, instead of Ile Perrot, but I’ve quickly realized that like most people, (sometimes me included) that person was trying to justify the facts that he wasn’t shooting as much as he would love to with an excuse thus making him feel better.
If this is what you really want to do, and that you truly feel the passion inside of you, do not ever use excuses why you are not able to pursue your dream. Make it a point to get out there at least once a week. I am fully aware that with work, family and other commitments it is not always easy to find the time, but you have to do what will make you feel alive. We are all born to create in various form and I strongly believe that a man that cannot perform is passion will quickly feel like a man without a soul. Dr. Wayne W. Dyer says it so well when he states, “Do not die with your music still in you” (my favourite quote) meaning do not die without accomplishing your passion or what you were born to do. In our case we have to use the statement. “Do not die with your art still inside of you” Bring’em all out for the world to see and leave your footprints for generations to enjoy.
Can you name some great photographers that inspires you and why?
I can’t really say that I had any particular influence when starting photography. There are hundreds of photographers inspiring me everyday. Today, with the Internet, there is so much talent that everyday I can easily get an amazing dose of inspiration.
What can you tell us about your next project/workshop/book?
My goal is presently to open up my first fine art gallery. To experience the full experience of any photograph, you definitely need to view it at a larger scale. I truly find that nothing gives true justice to a beautiful photograph like having it perfectly printed and carefully framed using only the finest material available. It automatically becomes a finely crafted piece of art. The end result is something no computer screen can match in my humble opinion. I still have a lot of work in front of me before I actually open shop but this is my #1 priority now and I won’t rest until it happens.