Stephen DesRoches grew up practising the fine art of traditional painting. But after installing his first pixel editing application in 1997, he quickly traded in his inks, paints and brushes to migrate into the digital medium. Immersed in the world of editing images, illustrations and page layouts made for a natural progression into making photographs of his own in 2001.
DesRoches has been a working full-time artist for over 10 years and has studied the craft for much longer. The Prince Edward Island resident holds the titles of designer, illustrator and image editor and works with a wide variety of clients ranging from medical educational sites, to Mozilla Firefox, to stock agencies, to the reverse image search engine TinEye. But when not in front of a computer, DesRoches has made photography a full-time creative exercise.
From regular social media activities and maintaining a daily photoblog from 2005-2011 and a weekly photoblog from 2011-present, DesRoches has developed a small following of new friends that share the same interests and also earned himself commercial clients with many organizations, including freelance work for Parks Canada and PEI Tourism.
Keeping photography fun is an exciting task. The idea of recording the world onto single frames is an exercise that forces a closer look at light, colours and shapes. Whether it be at home on quiet Prince Edward Island or the occasional travel to much larger locations, a camera in hand has become as common as carrying identification for DesRoches. The desire to become better is stronger than ever, but at the end of each day, it's still all for fun.
1. OPC Magazine 2012 May Editor’s Assignment winner for "Provincial and Territorial Flowers"
2. Darwin Wiggett's Canadian Landscape Contest –
3. Finalist for Best Photography of a Weblog in the 2012 Bloggies –
4. Photoblog Awards:
Finalist for Best American Photoblog in the 2011 Photoblog Awards –
Finalist for Photoblog of the Year in the 2011 Photoblog Awards –
Finalist for Best American Photoblog in the 2010 Photoblog Awards –
Finalist for Best American Photoblog in the 2009 Photoblog Awards –
At the time of this writing, all of Desroches’ gear fit into a single backpack that consisted primarily of two bodies (full frame and aps-c), two lenses (17-40 and 70-200) and a handful of neutral density filters. On some occasions, he'll add a macro lens and a flash or two.
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