Thomas Firak, Chicago IL USA Member Since November 2006 Artist Statement In 1971 I started working at the Kraft Foods printing department operating a Photostat camera, while studying photography at Columbia College in Chicago. In 1973, I was hired as a staff photographer. Where I spent 5 1/2 years refining my talents in still life, food, location, people and product photography.
In July 1978 I opened my own commercial photography studio in Chicago. I work mostly in digital format these days but I still shoot film for several clients. My portfolio includes food, still life, people, location and nature photography. My work has appeared in national advertisements and label packaging for many leading consumer product companies.
Some of my most recent projects include photography for Home Run Inn Pizza, Farmland Meat Co., Magic Chef Appliances, Barton Beers, McCain Foods, S.C; Johnson, Home Depot, ConAgra Foods and McDonald’s. I enjoy creating outdoor sets in the studio. as well as existing light and outdoor location photography.
Some of my favorite subjects are urban scenes, nature photography (both traditional and abstract), still life, landscapes, and portraits. I often photograph city scenes, especially night shots with long exposures. The film becomes so beautifully saturated and incredibly sharp.
In recent years I have traveled to the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico to photograph the Mayan Ruins. The light at some of those locations seems mystical at times.
My work has been on exhibit in Chicago several times in recent years. My studio is located at 346 N. Justine St. Suite #203, Chicago IL. 60607, phone 312-421-2225.
Thomas Firak firstname.lastname@example.org www.firakphoto.com