About - Dave Ciskowski
  • About

I've been making photographs since I was 11 years old, when my parents gave me a Kodak Tele Ektra for Christmas. The oldest prints I have are of our dog, our gerbil, our Christmas tree, and a fire truck that visited our street. Though the subjects and processes have changed, I haven't stopped making photographs yet.

While I don't pay my mortgage with my photography, I still take it seriously. Ed Weston said, “Photography to the amateur is recreation. To the professional it is work, and hard work too, no matter how pleasurable it my be.” My photography is certainly pleasurable, and it's usually hard work, too. I try to give it my sweat and attention, and in return, it occasionally gives me some small reward.

I've been studying the discipline steadily and seriously for over fifteen years, working in both film and digital. My current interests include sports, portraiture, and travel photography, but my bedrock passion is for landscape. “Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.” (John Muir, The Mountains of California). It's this restorative energy that draws me to the wilderness, and I try to occasionally bring back hints of it in my photographs

I live in Indianapolis with my wife Holly and our cat Arya.

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