Contrasts – Whitewater
SK-FH Photographer: Stephen Krawiec Location: Atlantic Ocean, Florida
To be surrounded by people and places that inspire is the essence of what everyone's looking for in their lives. To live creatively through this true inspiration is what everyone strives for within their lives, jobs, and ultimately their careers. As an artist and photographer, I constantly find myself surrounded by people and places that inspire not only me personally, but my work as well. Adventure and the outdoors collectively drive my creative philosophy, which is energized and inspired through landscapes and being able to show the contrast between humans and nature. There is a striking contradiction in a simple scene from nature versus the emotion and feeling you get with the imposition of the human association. To be in a place that makes you feel small and see what tiny place you hold in the world really leaves a humble and grateful feeling for every moment spent outdoors. We are all visitors here. This earth will be here long after we are gone. With so little time we must experience all that it has to offer, whether it's a hike, a simple walk in your local park, a day trip to the beach, or a grand expedition. There's something about sitting in nature and enjoying every moment. There is a simple beauty that can be found in the connection between people and nature that is so obvious and is often taken for granted. For it's never enough to just observe through a phone or computer, we must get out there, be involved, and fulfill that inspiration with memories with the people and places that matter the most. - Stephen Krawiec is a New Jersey-based adventure photographer. For more of his work, visit  
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