Kirk Kulgavin

Cornerstone’s Artist of the Month for January 2018

Kirk KulgavinKirk was born in the former Soviet Union in December of 1982. After immigrating to the United States at the age of nine he and his family settled in the town of Harrisburg, PA. Kirk’s education includes degrees in Criminal Justice and Marketing. Kirk’s journey into photography began approximately 3 years ago when while standing on the roof of a parking garage he observed the beauty and the nuances of the street below him: the people, the architecture, the facial expression, the body language and poses, and even the landscape became vivid in his eyes.

He is a self-taught photographer who is driven by his passion to show the viewer how he sees the world. After casually displaying his work on social media sites he started to receive positive feedback. This feedback encouraged him to gain further knowledge in the field. He joined a local camera club. Kirk began seeking advice from local artists who were gracious enough and knowledgeable enough to dispense it. Today Kirk feels that a day not working in photography is a day wasted. His body of work is eclectic and includes a variety of subjects. Kirk is devoted to capture the precious fleeting moments of life and preserve them through his pictures. That is how Kapture Photos came to be.

Kirk is an award-winning photographer whose work has been featured in museums, historical societies, and various art galleries. His pictures have been sold to various businesses, restaurants and private residences across the United States.

Tell us briefly about your background & how you got started in your medium.

I LIKE TO THINK THAT PHOTOGRAPHY FOUND ME INSTEAD OF THE OTHER WAY AROUND. I WAS STANDING ON THE ROOF OF PARKING GARAGE JUST WATCHING THE SUNSET ACROSS THE RIVER AND IT WAS BEAUTIFUL. AT THAT MOMENT I THOUGHT TO MYSELF “I WISH I HAD A CAMERA WITH ME TO CAPTURE THIS MOMENT” ….SO I WENT OUT AND GOT ONE. THAT IS HOW “KAPTURE PHOTOS” CAME TO BE (THE “K” IS FOR THE FIRST INITIAL MY NAME)

How does your medium inform your viewpoint? Or what do you like most about your medium?

MY PHOTOGRAPHY SHOWS MY WORLD AS I SEE IT. IT CAPTURES THE MOMENT, THE EMOTION, SIGHTS AND THE GENERAL MOOD OF WHAT I SEE WHEN THE SHUTTER CLOSES

Who or what have been your artistic inspirations?

IT DEPENDS ON THE SPECIFIC GENRE OF PHOTOGRAPHY. FOR INSTANCE WHEN IT COMES TO ARCHITECTURAL PHOTOGRAPHY I WOULD SAY I HAVE BEEN INFLUENCED BY FRENCH PHOTOGRAPHERS JEAN MICHLL- BERTS AND SERGE RAMELLI. THEIR WORKS AND THEIR METHODS SPEAK TO ME PARTICULARLY WHEN LOOKING AT JEAN MICHEL-BERTS SERIES OF “LIGHTS OF …” BOOKS. WHEN IT COMES TO NATURE AND LANDSCAPES ITS HARD TO PIN DOWN ONE OR TWO ARTISTS WHO HAVE INFLUENCED ME THE MOST. I SUPPOSE MY INSPIRATION FOR THAT COMES FROM WITHIN. THE SAME CAN BE SAID ABOUT STREET PHOTOGRAPHY. MY RECENT MODELING PHOTOGRAPHY (WHICH CAN BE FOUND ON MY FACEBOOK PAGE) HAS BEEN INFLUENCED BY THE WORKS OF THE WORKS OF MY FRIENDS AND WIDELY PUBLISHED LOCALLY BASED ARTISTS SCOTT CHURCH, AS WELL AS MANY OTHERS.

Do You Have a Favorite Piece in Your Portfolio?

NOT REALLY I THINK THEY ARE UNIQUE IN THEIR OWN WAY AND REPRESENT DIFFERENT TIMES IN MY LIFE AND HOW CHOSE TO CAPTURE THE MOMENT AT THAT TIME.

What would be your advice to artists just starting out in your medium?

BE OPEN MINDED. DON’T BE AFRAID TO TRY NEW GENRES AND LOCATIONS. PLAY AROUND WITH YOUR CAMERA SETTINGS, DIG INTO OUR EDITING SOFTWARE, LOOK FOR ONLINE CLASSES JOIN YOUR LOCAL PHOTOGRAPHY CLUBS, FIND PHOTOGRAPHERS THAT INSPIRE YOU BUT BE UNIQUE AT THE SAME TIME. IF YOU ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT WHAT YOU DO YOU WANT TO LEARN AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE, ABSORB AS MUCH INFORMATION AS POSSIBLE. MOST IMPORTANTLY PRACTICE, THEN PRACTICE, AND THEN PRACTICE SOME MORE

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