Lo­cal Artist Cap­tures Peace with his Cam­era

Montreal Times - - Profile - By: Jill Clark / mtl­times.ca

Pa­trick Di Fr­us­cia lives the ro­man­tic life of an artist that most of us dream of. He is a na­ture and land­scape pho­tog­ra­pher that trav­els the world cap­tur­ing the world’s beauty. He of­ten leads pho­tog­ra­phy tours to show others how to do the same. While on the road, his days are long and nights short. Sun­sets, sun­rise, and find­ing the “per­fect light” is his spe­cialty, so nat­u­ral sur­round­ings de­cide when he sleeps.

“On the road, I wake up be­fore sun­rise,” he said. “Some­times two hours be­fore, de­pend­ing on where I sleep in prox­im­ity to the shoot. I scout the day be­fore to know ex­actly what type of shot I want to take for the best com­po­si­tion.” He be­gins his sun­rise shots about 30 min­utes be­fore the mo­ment, last­ing for about an hour after­wards. Th­ese times change based on where he is in the world. The far­ther from the equa­tor, the wider his win­dow.

When the sun is in the sky, Di Fr­us­cia scouts out his sun­set lo­ca­tion. He spends his days pre­par­ing, re­lax­ing, and wait­ing for the golden mo­ment. Some­times af­ter shoot­ing the sun­set he cap­tures im­ages of the milky way and North­ern Lights—again, de­pend­ing on the lo­ca­tion. He re­turns to his ac­com­mo­da­tions to clean his equip­ment, sleep for a few hours, and re­peats the process the next day.

Life at home is a lit­tle qui­eter, and the nights a lit­tle longer. “At home, I’m an artist, so I don’t have a sched­ule.” He uses his time at home to process im­ages, meet with new spon­sors and clients, and work on his mar­ket­ing strate­gies.

Pa­trick Di Fr­us­cia’s pho­tog­ra­phy ca­reer be­gan in a non-tra­di­tional way. He worked for a sup­ple­ment com­pany. His boss, frus­trated with the price of pho­tog­ra­phers, asked Di Fr­us­cia to learn how to take pho­tos.

He de­cided to try. “I started read­ing books,” he said. “I can­celled cable at home so that I was sure I fo­cus on it en­tirely. The in­ter­net wasn’t that big then, so there weren’t many tu­to­rial videos. You had to be in the field, shoot­ing slide film, pay for your film, and pay to get it de­vel­oped.” Di Fr­us­cia com­pleted a cou­ple of pho­tog­ra­phy classes, but much of his skills are self-taught over years of study and prac­tice.

Photo: Pa­trick Di Fr­us­cia

Que­bec Pho­tog­ra­pher Pa­trick Di Fr­us­cia

Photo: Pa­trick Di Fr­us­cia

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Photo: Pa­trick Di Fr­us­cia

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