Image copyright Ryan Schembri. All rights reserved.
We look at images every day, but never know the backstories or very much about the artists themselves. We're going to the other side of the world today with one of Australia's most recognized artists, Ryan Schembri.
Ryan and I go back a lot of years to my early WPPI days. He's been repeatedly recognized for outstanding images all over the world and several times has walked away with the highest honors in WPPI's print competition.
When I asked Ryan for an image to share he sent me the one above and I started laughing. I had no idea what it was. A few minutes later he sent me the image to the right.
Remember, I'm only asking for a favorite image from each artist, with no guidelines over why it's special. Ryan's backstory will surprise you, but he also raises a very interesting point.
As artists it's so important to create images just for yourself. You need to regularly allow your creative juices to flow and experiment. Special projects and creating images for your own enjoyment and expression is so important to maintaining your passion for the craft.
You can see more of Ryan's images with a click on either image.
Check out "Why?" one of the most popular features on the SCU Blog. It's a very simple concept - one image, one artist and one short sound bite. Each artist shares what makes the image one of their most favorite. We're over 100 artists featured since the project started. Click on the link above and you can scroll through all of the episodes to date.