Friday Featured Photographer #2: Yhun Suarez
It’s Friday, which means that it’s time to feature another of RedBubble’s most talented and inspirational photographers on my blog! This week I’m going right back to one of the first artists that drew my attention when I joined RedBubble, and one of the most proficient practitioners of HDR photography that I have seen to date: Yhun Suarez (aka spectrumcry)…
Yhun is 33 years of age, and was born and raised in Manila, Philippines; after completing his degree in Physical Therapy/Physiotherapy in 1999, he moved to England in 2000, where he now works for the National Health Service.
Despite his work in health services, Yhun says he has always been artistic, and his dream jobs were to become an animator or graphic novel artist. He attributes many of his varied artistic skills to his father (a lawyer with art skills), who taught him how to draw landscapes using pencil/crayons, how to play with water colours, calligraphy, and how to use a camera.
Yhun practised various forms of art and design throughout his school years, entering numerous themed poster-making competitions (and winning a few times), as well as designing t-shirts and basketball jerseys and so on. In his senior years, however, his interests became musical, when he focused more on playing the guitar and drums. These days he is playing drums for an unsigned rock band, ECHO FIRE – you can listen to their latest tracks on ReverbNation and MySpace.
Having amassed the typical collection of holiday snapshots and the like, Yhun’s passion for photography was really ignited in 2009, when he got himself a Nikon D60 DSLR camera with a kit lens. Determined to learn the basics of DSLR cameras, Yhun’s life was changed forever when he saw an image of a dog in HDR, which inspired him to learn about the HDR technique by surfing the net. After posting his first ever HDR image on Facebook, a friend encouraged Yhun to join RedBubble… and thankfully, he did!
Yhun had the following to say about RedBubble:
I became a member in January 2010 and it has been a great journey so far – I’m learning a lot… I enjoy looking at other artists’ masterpieces… All the features and challenge wins are very fulfilling… I have met a lot of talented and friendly artists… very enjoyable to say the least. And also, RB has definitely been a great place for me to release my artistic frustrations.
Being as humble and modest as he is, Yhun neglected to mention that he is a featured member of the following groups on RedBubble:
Despite my own preference for practising landscape photography, I can certainly appreciate other genres of photography as well. Yhun is quite the ‘all-rounder’ when it comes to photography, and his artwork regularly inspires me to consider the possibilities beyond landscapes. Furthermore, I am always so impressed by photographers who can apply the HDR process well to people and animals – this is an area where I have failed dismally in the past, but where Yhun is a true master of the art form!
Included throughout the text above are thumbnails of five of Yhun’s personal favourites from his own folio (click any image for a larger view). These are just five from over 160 other fantastic artworks that he has published in his RedBubble folio… click here to check out the rest!