FALL­ING IN LOVE WITH PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

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Al­though his ini­tial goal was sports pho­tog­ra­phy and re­lated prod­ucts, a road trip to the Gaspe Penin­sula pre­sented his true pas­sion. “I fell in love with na­ture,” he said. “I want to travel the world, see th­ese amaz­ing places. I want to cap­ture them as best as I can and make the viewer feel like he is stand­ing there.” Na­ture and land­scape are some of the hardest pho­to­graphs to cap­ture. The im­mense de­tail we see in per­son view­ing a beau­ti­ful scene feels im­pos­si­ble to recre­ate on cam­era. “One picture will not recre­ate the feel­ing,” he said. Di Fr­us­cia’s strat­egy is simple: “I use a widean­gle lens to try to cap­ture as much as I can, and get the viewer in by hav­ing a close fore­ground el­e­ment.” He also plays with light­ing and ex­po­sure, and lay­ers dif­fer­ent as­pects of the scene to achieve his fan­tas­ti­cal re­sults. He cap­tures peace with his cam­era.

Di Fr­us­cia has one goal for his art: “I love to be that mo­ment of peace,” he said. “I give my pho­tos a vi­sion­ary, dreamy, or fairy tale as­pect.” He hopes peo­ple feel sim­i­lar view­ing his pho­tos to how he feels shoot­ing them: con­nec­tion to na­ture, peace, and won­der.

Mas­ter­ing na­ture and land­scape pho­tog­ra­phy is not the only credit to Pa­trick Di Fr­us­cia’s suc­cess. “You need to set your­self apart,” he said. “You need to in­clude more than just beau­ti­ful pic­tures. In­cor­po­rate your­self into your pho­tos.”

To do this, Di Fr­us­cia ded­i­cates huge amounts of time to pro­mot­ing his brand, and en­gag­ing closely with his au­di­ence. He also prints in small batches, so each pho­to­graph pur­chased feels ex­clu­sive—a per­sonal ex­change be­tween artist and buyer.

Photo: Pa­trick Di Fr­us­cia

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Photo: Pa­trick Di Fr­us­cia

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