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Hello, I'm Victor Habbick, a Scottish based Professional Photographer and Artist who runs his own business, "Victor Habbick Visions", in Cumbernauld near Glasgow.
Like many Photographers my career has taken many twists and turns over the years. Having worked in Architects, Design Studios, Advertising Agencies & 10 years as a Studio Manager in a Commercial Print And Design Studio I have worked within the creative industries and seen the many changes which have affected the face of the creative work place over this time. With a little forward thinking and the wish to take greater control over my images I decided to go it alone over 10 years ago. With the advent of digital I was glad to be involved at the early stages, witness to the many pitfalls that greeted early adopters. I can now, years later, fully appreciate the power that this medium has placed within my own hands. At last I am in control of all aspects of the design process. Originally trained as a Professional Graphic Designer it has enabled me to approach many briefs with a greater overview of potential problems that can be overcome at an early stage, saving clients the grief of seeing their photography commission get shot down with the integration of shoddy design and bad print.
Stylistically speaking I have little time for the distinction between Photography and Art and my clients come to me in the knowledge that they will not get the "standard" look. With a liking for the surreal and fantasy I like to impose my mark on many of my photography works lifting the ordinary and putting a creative shine on even the most mundane of subjects. This approach has served me well over the years. One of my major clients is the The Science Photo Library with whom I have been involved for over 8 years. Predominately supplying stock photography but in an area where the creative challenges are ever present. Technology, Industry, Science, Medicine, & the Human Condition are a few of the areas where I have made my mark and which have enabled me to incorporate everything from portraiture, still life, architectural photography etc into the conceptual melting pot to supplement the predominately editorial market place. I have been privileged to have been published in just about every country worldwide, in all sectors including print, web and exhibition. Producing material for such a wide market has been a lesson in both creative diplomacy and speed. Acknowledging the do's and don'ts of each country, what is acceptable and what is not has allowed me a greater understanding of the market place and at times really pushed the envelope for me both in a creative and commercial sense with the client gaining from this experience.
Many people have told me that my portfolio has a very light and dark approach at times. This has never been my intention but with the commercial side of the business being more conservative at times it's kind of cathartic to dig deeper and seek out life in the shadows, to display life without the gloss and to seek out the beauty and emotions within.
When it comes to equipment I am a firm believer that whatever gets the job done. I see no need for tons of equipment but would rather use a small selection of trusted kit which has proven itself as being both reliable and getting the job done. Nikon cameras and Mac computers, a combination which has served me well over many years. Likewise software has to earn its keep and get the job done. There is nothing that will do everything I require, yet! but Photoshop comes pretty damn near and is the workhorse of my set up. I also at times have to incorporate a fair amount of 3D into the equation and use a few different packages which suit my requirements.
It has to be said with over 25 years experience behind me my enthusiasm has seldom swayed, this is not a job, for me, it's a lifestyle and I would not perceive of a time where I was not photographing something or producing art.