Rezin tells us: "I have always been drawn to the natural world, and been humbled by its transience and awe-striking displays. Taking landscape photographs is like stepping into the river of time; you can never step into the same river twice. By that same token, you will never be afforded the opportunity to capture the same scene twice. Moments are fleeting, such as life. My goal as a photographer is to capture both the dramatic, as well as intimate, scenes nature has to offer in a manner than invokes a subjective and visceral experience within the viewer. Doing so means I photograph nature during the most dramatic lighting and weather phenomenon, as well as utilize various photographic techniques such as slow shutter speeds, light painting, time-lapse stacking and my arsenal of filters. I've turned into as much of a meteorologist as a photographer, often checking dew points in the middle of the night in hopes of a foggy, ephemeral morning.
After my senior year in high school, I was involved in a traumatic accident that left me in the burn unit for 8 months, clinging to life with an amputated hand and 3rd degree burns. The experience not only left me physically altered, but also dramatically altered the way I perceive the fleeting nature of life. I have learned to slow down and be more open and mindful of the "now" moment. Along with taking landscape photographs, I also work on the burn trauma unit at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics and am involved with numerous outreach programs in the community involving assistance to burn survivors. I am on the Board of Directors for the St. Florian Burn Foundation, a regional nonprofit based out of Iowa City that raises money for programs assisting burn survivors and increasing fire safety awareness. A portion of all my photography proceeds goes to this nonprofit, helping to assist children who have been burned with attendance at miracle burn camp, where I am also a counselor. Burns are skin deep, while the capacity for love and appreciation is to the bone, through and through. My will as a photographer is to instill this sentiment into those who view my photographs. My endeavor as a citizen is to direct this effort towards those who have been through the same experiences as myself, so that they too may have a renewed outlook on our world and a refreshing zest for life."
For more information on Ryan Rezin's work, including what we might have in stock, please email or call us at 319.351.8686.