Our area has provided plenty of stunning scenes for photographers, but Joe Polecheck’s photos go beyond typical landscapes as he has some fun with subjects, tricks and experiments.
J.P: I’ve always been involved in the arts, both painting and drawing ever since I was a child. I’ve always been able to identify things I liked or not when appreciating photography. About 2 years ago, I realized I’d better put up or shut up and try my hand at it. And as my wife has told me, “nothing can just be a hobby for you” which leads me here today!
I’ve been doing this for just over 2 years. I’m trying hard to not limit myself to one specific genre in photography. While landscape photos capture something special that only comes along once in a great while, portrait photography allows you to explore the artistic side (especially when you have brave and willing volunteers).
The challenges and rewards are often synonymous. If it were easy, it wouldn’t be worth doing… 2 years ago, if you’d told me that my favorite thing in the world would be to be sitting at Split Rock Lighthouse at 2am in the black of night, I’d have told you that you were crazy. But, at this very moment there isn’t a thing I’d rather do.
Rewards are always seeing your visions or hopes for a shot coming to fruition. There are times I leave my house to randomly drive to the country just to see what I can find. When those random nights out end up panning out, there are few greater rewards.
Challenges, of course, consist of carving out time, budgeting for new equipment, and convincing my wife I’m not going to fall to my death during one of these excursions.
In addition to my website and my Facebook page my work can currently be found at Art on the Plaza and Wine Beginnings in Superior, WI as steady installations available for purchase. Additionally, I will be at the Chester Bowl Fall Fest with prints available for purchase, and will be having a solo show at Pizza Luce in Duluth this November.
Like any other individual in the arts community, especially in this area, exposure is key! It’s always an artist’s dream to have a steady residence to display their work, and carving your space in the community is a challenge for anyone.
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