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Photographer of the Day: Darcy Briks

ADC Member loves to shoot water

August is Photography Month here on the ADC blog. Among other stories and articles, we will be featuring a different photographer every weekday of the month. Some are seasoned professionals, some are young up and comers, and some are just amateur shutterbugs taking snapshots on the side. One thing they have in common: they are all ADC Members, part of our globe-spanning creative community. We hope that you enjoy their work as much as they love creating it!

Darcy_Headshot_2014_01DARCY BRIKS
Brooklyn, NY, USA

How old were you when you took an interest in photography?

Age 6, from what I can tell, which is the age my parents bought me my first camera. It was a film camera that came with big 5-inch flashes that would burn out once used.

What do you love most about photography as an artform?

The surprise of catching a good shot. Sometimes it’s not obvious until later if the shot is “good” or not. Capturing a photo with unique colors or a misplaced water droplet is really gratifying.

What is your favorite thing to shoot?

I love shooting the water and landscapes. Bringing my camera out to sea in its waterproof case is one of my favorite things.

“I love to see the way water can be asymmetrical or add to an otherwise straight forward shot.”

Why do you love shooting water so much?

I love to see the way water can be asymmetrical or add to an otherwise straight forward shot.

What is your favorite piece of equipment?

My waterproof camera case (for a Canon PowerShot S90) or my Holga, which takes spectacularly inaccurate photos.

Which person most inspires your photographic passion? Which professional photographers do you look up to?

I love the beach landscape photos of Josef Hoflehner. His colors and high contrast black and whites are just perfect, and of course I also love the subject – the beach.

I also love a good concert photo. Because of my husband’s job, I go to a lot of hip-hop shows, and Laura June Kirsch makes great, quirky animated gifs documenting music/nightlife/culture. Also, Jessica Lehrman takes amazing concert/documentary photos where you can really feel the energy. And finally, a friend of mine, Lee O’Connor, takes portraits of extreme fashions of women in NYC that are worth checking out.

 Darcy’s head shot photo credit: Laura June Kirsch