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Photo Submission by Peter Lik on Aug 21, 2014 - 15:08

Peter Lik

ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER

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Peter Lik
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Photographer's Bio

Peter Lik stands at the summit of landscape photography. World-renowned, highly awarded, and boasting a huge international following, Lik’s journey had humble origins. Born in Melbourne, Australia, to Czech immigrants, it was his parents’ gift of a Kodak Brownie camera on his eighth birthday that set young Peter’s course.
Entirely self-taught, Lik worked hard at his craft before making a life-changing decision: to come to the United States in 1984. He was introduced
to the medium format panoramic camera and given the advice “Go big or go home.”
Lik did both. He returned to Australia to photograph the vastness of the Great South Land. Peter then went on to open his own fine art publishing company as well as his first gallery in his adopted hometown of Cairns.
Now based in Las Vegas, where he oversees his company LIK USA™, Lik’s career continues to boom. He has sold in excess of $200 million of fine art photography, has 13 galleries of his own and counts presidents and celebrities among his many collectors.

About the Photo

The Grand Canyon is one of the seven natural wonders of the world. I needed an exceptional image to display its magnificence. My first challenge was to discover a place of true presence – to showcase the grandeur and scale of this wonderland. I’ve visited the South Rim numerous times but never got the shot I was chasing. I love the perspective from this point, I just needed Mother Nature to cooperate.
Setting up on the 4,000 foot sheer vertical cliffs was such a rush – to see such a majestic landscape in front of me blew my mind. After four days of coming back to the same location, a storm finally rolled in – and answered my prayers. Now it was pressing that shutter at the perfect moment. I was going to wait for the sun to descend a little lower – but pure instinct kicked in and I knew the moment was now. I took the shot, and it paid off. Seconds later the sun was gone – and so was the shot. Now I had time to breathe. I stood there in total awe of what I had just witnessed.