Welcome to Ian Cylkowski Photography!
Sometimes, you just have to close the book...
Hello! If you've come here from my here from my old site: welcome back! Glad you decided to rejoin me in my next chapter. If you're new here: how do! This is my new photography website, portfolio, blog, and (one day) shop.
My photography journey started in 2012 when I decided to buy a secondhand Nikon D60 DSLR off a work buddy. I had always enjoyed hanging around in nature, and my recent foray into social networks such as Google+ had led me to the likes of Trey Ratcliff, who proved to be a huge inspiration to the 2012 version of me. It didn't take long for me to start using every minute of free time to go hiking with my buddies and take shots on this camera, getting to grips with this new-fangled "HDR" thing that I loved looking at.
Not a year later, as my knowledge of camera tech, processing, and the art of photography itself grew, I upgraded to a Nikon D7000 (woohoo, welcome to auto-bracketing!) and also purchased my first ultra-wide-angle lens, the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8. The obsession had rooted itself into every cell of my being. I had finally found my Calling.
A lot has happened since then. I found my soulmate and the love of my life (same person). I moved 40-odd miles north from Preston, Lancashire, to Kendal, Cumbria. I fell head-over-heels in love with the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales, and being sandwiched between both in Kendal was a godsend. I scored a dream job. Lisabet and I started exploring lots of places in the UK, and we continue to do so (if you want an idea of where I'm looking to explore next, check my Pinterest).
As my eye and skills developed, so did my tastes. I started moving away from HDR (but thanks, Trey, for kicking things off for me). I developed an appetite for that medium format "filmy" look. I started appreciating getting the image right in-camera as much as possible. And my philosophies of art and of being an artist became more attenuated. I wanted to move away from daily single image photoblogging and more towards finished collections that explored themes, settings, expression, colour palettes, and both the macro and micro worlds of that set.
This new website marks the end of my photo tinkering and the beginning of my photography training.
I hope you enjoy following my artistic journey.
I very much appreciate it.
Love and Beards,