Hello and welcome to the photography blog of professional photographer David Sieczkiewicz AKA “Skavich”. Why Skavich, well Skavich was a nickname given to me in my younger years that sort of stuck. I was born and currently reside in Rhode Island “The Ocean State” where the majority of my wave imagery is taken. Being raised along the coastal woodland shores of the Ocean State is where I developed my appreciation for the feelings that the visual experiences of the natural environment provided and is where my inspiration for nature, the ocean and waves began. With the appreciation for the feelings that the visual experiences of the these natural environments provided me is where my inspiration to pick up a camera started.
It is important for you and I to have a way to express ourselves – what we see, what we feel, the things that drive us. Life is full of challenges that we must embrace head on, no matter how hard they might seem to be. Photography in many aspects is an evolving challenge so this challenge to have what I use for an expressive outlet to be seen, valued and connected with by the end viewer inspires me in my purpose to create my work. This purpose to provide meaning through this form of expression is something that I wish to be experienced and felt through my work, so that you can enjoy what has been created in the same way I receive joy in the creative process.
Photography also serves as an outlet for me to escape whatever may be on my mind and also to serve as an outlet to express feelings of gratitude for life. Shouldn’t we all have an outlet? A way to create an Identity for ourselves as well as something for you and I to identify with? Ultimately, my goal is to create something that is of substantial value for you to have that feeling of expression, to appreciate the challenges in life, to have an outlet to reflect upon which creates an Identity for all to enjoy. So much of our world is about instant gratification, sometimes what’s here and now can be quickly gone and forgotten. Photography as art is something that should last a lifetime, just like our expressions, our souls, the challenges we overcome and the identity we leave behind in this universe.
As you can notice the majority of my work is based around the sea, and if not the sea, then around nature. These places bring upon a soothing experience to the soul. Whether it’s a calm or turbulent body of water, a picturesque landscape, or a form of life, all these aspects have respectable elements of beauty. The natural elements can also serve as a happy place, an area where we can go and be alone or sometimes share with a companion. This retreat is where we can embark on what brings us happiness, where we allow ourselves to forget the problems in our lives. Nature, and the ocean specifically, creates that atmosphere for me. This is something that I want to recreate for you – the viewer, the fan, the consumer, the individual – to appreciate and enjoy.
With wave art there is an exciting challenge that comes with the creation process. The challenge of trying to anticipate what the ocean will do next, the challenge of trying to balance composition and light with something that can be next to unpredictable, the challenge of having dedication and drive needed to either awake at odd hours or to endure bitter and cold New England winter’s water temperatures, the challenge to overcome defeat when things can and do go wrong, to endure the blood, sweat and sometimes tears – it all creates a love and a passion!
Life as Art
Life is a journey that we embark on. Every day is a gift, a blessing, something that should be cherished. Art can have very similar qualities – it can be a blessing when gifted, and it can be cherished by the appreciator. Art like life is an ever growing process with always something new to learn and to be grateful for. Sometimes we just need to take a step back and enjoy the work and details that goes into it all.
Awards and Recognition
In David’s photography career he has been fortunate enough to have been recognized in international photo and art competitions as well as on the art show circuit. His work has been awarded in photo competitions such as the international photography awards, Moscow international foto awards, international color awards, international photographer of the year awards, American art awards, and neutral density awards. Additionally on the art show circuit his photography has received recognition form judges in shows in Florida, New York, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.
David’s imagery has also been featured in print and online outlets including Eastern Surf Magazine, Surfline, The Inertia, and Six Magazine. Corporations such as The Weather Channel, CanonUSA, and The Tiffen Company have used his images for online promotional work. Also on social media outlets like The Weather Channel, CanonUSA, Surfline, Tiffen Company, and Magicseaweed.
David’s artist Cv:
2020 Moscow International Foto Awards Honorable Mention- Nature Pano
2020 Moscow International Foto Awards Honorable Mention- Nature Landscapes
2020 Moscow International Foto Awards Honorable Mention- Fine Art Nature
2020 Moscow International Foto Awards Honorable Mention- Fine Art Landscape
2020 Nysea Cliffbar Cold Water Challenge 1st place
2019 International Photography Awards Honorable Mention – Nature Landscape
2019 Epson International Pano Awards Bronze Medal Award
2019 International Color Awards – Nominee Nature
2019 International Color Awards – Nominee Abstract
2019 Moscow International Foto Awards Honorable Mention – Nature Landscapes
2018 Moscow International Foto Awards Silver Award – Nature Landscapes
2018 International Photography Awards Honorable Mention – Nature Landscapes
2018 International Photography Awards Honorable Mention – Fine Art Abstracts
2018 International Color Awards – Nominee Nature
2017 International Photography Awards Honorable Mention – Nature Landscapes
2017 Epson International Pano Awards Bronze Medal Award
2017 American Art Awards 6th place non-manipulated photography
2017 International Photographer of the Year Honorable Mention – Nature Landscapes
2017 International Photographer of the Year Honorable Mention – Fine Art Abstracts
2017 Re-Artiste/Gallery MC NYC Show Your World Art Competition- Finalist
Featured on The Weather Channel Social Media multiple times
Featured on Canon Usa my canon story
Published in Eastern Surf Magazine
He has also been asked and has given paid speeches on water photography most recently at the Quincy Photography Club in Boston.
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