Would you mind introducing yourself? My name is Patric Phillips and I work full time as an attorney in southern California. Whenever I have free time, I am out taking pictures.
Patric's Instagram - @patricwithno_k.
Where are you from, and where do you currently live? I was born and raised in a suburb just north of Los Angeles. Now, I live in Solana Beach, a small coastal town a few miles north of San Diego.
How would you describe your style of photography? Visually, I’d describe my style as favoring simple compositions with strong leading lines. Thematically, my focus is definitely nature. There is probably also a thread of idealism in my work.
When did you first fall in love with taking photos? I’ve been into photography since I was a kid, but I only really began taking it seriously about four years ago. It was a trip to Paris that got me hooked. I had recently purchased my first DSLR, a Canon T2i, and spent a full week taking pictures throughout the City of Lights. Of course, it’s easy to take great pictures when you’re in a city as beautiful as Paris!
Do you have a favourite photography related memory, whether it be in front or behind the camera? I have so many great photography related memories it’s hard to choose, but one memory that stands out is a recent sunrise tour of Monument Valley that I took with my wife. It was summer so the sun was rising at an ungodly early hour, and with our hotel nearly two hours away we wound up having to hit the road at about 3am. It was still dark as we drove down into the valley with our Navajo guide, but I remember being able to make out the faintest silhouettes of the sandstone buttes in the moonlight. A short while later the sun began to rise and the valley lit up with this beautiful, warm light. Monument Valley doesn’t get the same kind of tourist traffic as the national parks (one of the reasons I love it), and with it being so early in the morning we were the only people around. It was an experience that I’ll never forget, and I got some great photos, too.
Who/What inspires you to take these wonderful photographs? Who: Ansel Adams for his compositions, and for the sense of scale he was able to convey through his photographs. Painters such as Claude Monet and Albert Bierdstat for the way they used color. What: Beautiful, fleeting moments in nature. It could be the way the light hits a wave or the unusual shape of a cloud in the sky. That’s quite special and definitely something that inspires me on a constant basis.
What kind of camera do you use? Lately I have been shooting with a Fuji XT1 for my digital stuff. I shoot with an old Olympus Trip 35 for film.
Are there any tips you would like to give for anyone out there who would love to create similar style photos to yours? Lighting is everything. Shoot during golden hour and look to shoot on days with thin, high-altitude clouds, which tend to produce the softest and warmest light. Also, focus on capturing “moments” rather than “places” or “things.” It’s a subtle shift in mindset that has helped my photography a lot.
What are some of your passions/hobbies other than photography? I love learning languages. I’ve spent the last three years trying (and failing miserably) to learn Russian. My French is better but still not perfect. I also play the piano and guitar.
Do you have any photography related plans for this summer that you would like to share? I have 1.5 years left on my Russian tourist visa. I’d love to plan a summer trip to Siberia, although nothing firm is yet in place. Other upcoming destinations include Arches/Utah and Yosemite.
Who are some of your favourite photographers? Ansel Adams is my original inspiration, but Instagram has exposed me to so many other photographic talents as well. In particular, I really appreciate the work of Jared Chambers (@jaredchambers), Benjamin Hardman (@benjaminhardman), Dan Tom (@dantom) and Fran Venter (@franventer).
Are there any photographers here on Instagram that you love and wish more people knew about? Absolutely. A few that come to mind are - Andy Ross (@andyyross), Chase Burnett (@chaseburnett_), Cole Beal (@colebeal) and Chiara Zonca (@shadowontherun).
Click here to check out our interview with Chase Burnett!
What would be your number one dream destination for a photography adventure? Right now it’s Namibia.
Which time of year is your favourite for taking photographs? Spring for all the blooming flowers. In particular, one of my favorite spots on the cliffs of Del Mar becomes overgrown with these beautiful purple flowers during March and April. I’m really looking forward to taking pictures there again this year when the flowers are in full bloom.