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Richard Pilnick is noted for the unobtrusive manner with which he relaxes his subjects, effortlessly imbuing their faces with serene and unperturbed expressions. For Richard photography is his doorway to different cultures and traditions, it is a moment captured, a feeling, an emotion, a silent form of communication and a message to be interpreted and appreciated through many generations with no geographical boundaries.
Richard uses large format film cameras to explore the possibilities of breaking down material and physical barriers that people choose to hide behind, as an extension of their personality, with the intention of bringing him closer to the people. There is habitually an unspoken bond between Richard and his subjects, Richard almost acting as the medium for their unspoken message, as if the subject has a story to tell and they sense, intuitively, that he will be their silent voice to the world.
His father, an engineer who spent many years working away in Asia and the Far East, introduced Richard to Photography at a very young age. He would document his trips with an old Pentax - this became a deep personal connection point for father and son and a joint passion to share and explore together. Now, Richard shares his own experiences and the lives of others through the medium of photography, capturing the essence and beauty of the unique souls of this world.
Richard has always had a sense that we are here for a reason, from the moment we are born we are working towards finding that purpose, that gift. Richard truly believes his gift is photography, and his purpose is to use that gift to make a change, a difference in the way we think and act... It's this belief that spawned 'portraits of a soul' a major project in collaboration with German face reader - Eric Standop.
Constantly developing his skills and exploring his creative nature he turned his vintage method of large format photography and his lens towards yoga and yogis of the world, with the intention of exploring the human body, both mentally and physically. In a meditative state, he works in a calm understanding manner with his subjects to capture the true beauty of the human body, Mother Nature’s finest creation, and of the yoga asana itself.
Richard’s work has been exhibited in various locations around Europe and Asia, in November 2013 Richard will be exhibited as part of the taylor wessing photographic portrait prize in the National Portrait Gallery.
His work has been commissioned internationally for both commercial and editorial uses, Richard Pilnick is available for both commercial and personal commissions
Born in 1981 in Nottingham England, he lives his life with intention, dedicated to his passion.
soft spots |
The gentle hum of tyres on the open road as the muscles contact pressing down the peddles, the sound of the ocean waves, the sound of birds communicating with each other, come to think of it - pretty much any sound of mother nature fills my soul with joy...
My wife says I’m her rock, my best friend says I’m the most thoughtful person he knows, my business partner says I’m a perfectionist and a can opener - opening people and breaking down barriers... I believe I’m just another soul of this world - a truly optimistic one...
i’m doing it |
I’m ‘doing it’ through photography, sharing the messages of the beautiful souls of this world.