We had the good fortune of connecting with Ryan Fidrick and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ryan, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
For me, it is all about the journey. The choice to follow a creative path has taken me places I most likely would have never considered going otherwise. It’s a long shot that I would’ve decided to climb an active volcano before sunrise, attended fashion week, or have had the opportunity to work with and learn from filmmakers I admired since a young age if I had pursued a more traditional path. The camera has served as my passport on this journey; the creative process has challenged me to be my best self, expanded my skillset, and strengthened my connection with others.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I started my creative journey on a film set at age 12. I had the good fortune to work as a camera assistant on an indie feature, and immediately I was hooked on the process of cinematography. It seemed like magic to me at the time. Eventually, I developed more technical skills with the camera and began accepting a wide range of assignments as a DP/Camera op, finally landing in network television.
It was not until years later that I tried making landscape photographs.
That passion took hold in the mountains. As an avid hiker, I had struggled to put into words what I saw and felt while watching the sunset over the Sierra Nevada or during twilight at White Sands. Photography saved me. It allowed me to make a far better attempt at expressing these experiences and has become my favorite excuse for a trek into the wilderness.
When possible, I like to include dramatic elements in my images. At times the shape of a rock face catches my eye. Other times it is the quality of the light. I feel most inspired in places that feel a bit strange or otherworldly. If the overall tone is – just touched down on another planet, it’s usually a go for me.
I feel most proud when I find out that I inspired someone to travel somewhere new or head out at sunset with their camera.
One of the more important lessons I have learned over the years is never to lose sight of the experience. It’s easy to get distracted behind the camera with settings buttons and dials. It is important to remember to stop, step back, and take in your surroundings. The journey is so much more important than the final product. The more in tune you can be with the environment, the more this will carry through your work.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would take them on a road trip across Arizona! Tucson to Grand Canyon in seven days.
Notable stops would include:
San Xavier del Bac Mission
The Superstition Mountains
The Ghost Town of Jerome
Everywhere in Sedona
Climb Humphreys Peak (state high point)
Rent a cabin for a few nights on the rim of the Grand Canyon
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My family has been incredibly supportive since the very beginning. They helped me purchase my first camera and have encouraged me at every step along the way. I’m also thankful for my friends, who are not only supportive but don’t complain when I turn a day hike into a full-blown photoshoot and ask them to pose on the edge of some cliff for me. I appreciate them very much.
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