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Last week I made my first trip to Las Vegas. The city had never really been a magnet for reeling me in but when a best friend brings it up and we find flight and hotel deals for $200, I can’t pass it up.
It was a hot and dry night when we arrived in Vegas. Amazing night temperature and a strip full of lights. We checked in to the Excalibur hotel and immediately headed out to enjoy the night.
The next morning we joined a few others who had flown down and headed to the mall at Mandalay Bay. Next thing I know, I find myself in a Peter Lik art gallery. A couple years back, one of the boys had bought a few pieces while on vacation and wanted to make another visit. I’m glad we did.
The walls were lit up by colorful photos of beautiful landscapes from around the world. The pictures were stunning. I have never seen photography art quite like this. It was almost as if the photos were backlit or 3D. We picked out a couple framed pictures and were seated in a back room on a nice leather couch. After sitting, the picture was hung on the wall in front of us and we were given a few bottles of Stella Artois. Then the salesman would dim the lights to demonstrate how the picture changes color. It looks almost as if your actually watching a sunset.
I had to ask how this was done. In a nutshell, they are done with silver halide film. This is very expensive and explains in part why the pictures sell between $2000 and $150,000 each. Mix in the proper lighting and a beautiful frame and the wall seems to come alive.
Peter lik also offers amazing books featuring many of his best shots without the heavy price. One books that is absolutely breathtaking is Spirit of America. This features Peter Lik’s best photographs from across America all laid out in a stunning landscape book.
Of course, a Peter Lik collection wouldn’t be complete without a landscape book of his home country of Australia. This beautiful book features stunning photography from down under.
Another book I noticed while browsing the gallery was called Las Vegas and obviously, featured beautiful photography in and around Las Vegas, the current home of Peter Lik photography. This book is expensive but fans seem to love it. When Peter Lik and the glowing red of the canyons in the Nevada desert come together, magic is created.
I have always loved photography and taking landscape pictures but this gallery has sparked the urge to buy a better camera and learn some better techniques. I am a huge nature lover and when I see pictures like this, they make me realize yet again the beauty that exists all over the world.
Get out in the world and see the beauty around you. If that doesn’t inspire you in some way, I’m not sure what will. 🙂
Coming up soon… more amazing photography from a camping trip on Vancouver island and an interview with another Matt who has a site showcasing his photography and plans on creating a life around something he loves.
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