Photography is his doorway to different cultures and traditions, it is a moment captured, a feeling, an emotion, a silent form of communication and a message to be interpreted and appreciated through many generations with no geographical boundaries.
Exhibited in various locations around Europe and Asia, most notably in the National Portrait Gallery London in November 2013.
Ashtanga Yoga, a fine art study of the Ashtanga Yoga method published 2019.
Born in 1981 in Nottingham England, Richard Pilnick lives his life with intention, dedicated to his passion.
Awards, Publications & Exhibitions
PX3 Paris Photo - 2020 - Silver award - Nature
PX3 Paris Photo - 2020 - Bronze award - Nature
PX3 Paris Photo - 2020 - Honourable Mention - Fine Art
Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize - Exhibitor 2012/13
Ashtanga Yoga, Ammonite Press - 2019
Black & White Magazine
Portraits of a Soul - Halekulani Hotel, Hawaii, USA. 2020
Yoga - Madinat Jumeriah, Dubai. 2017
Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize - National Portrait Gallery, London 2012/13
Commissioned 25th Anniversary - Best Western Palatin, Wiesloch, Germany. 2012
Landing in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, I felt a welcoming like never before, a sense of space and purpose. A visceral feeling, the awareness that my soul had returned. Never before had I felt this way about a journey, for me, travelling is more about the people than the destination. But I had tears rolling down my face on the runway, and I was excited to find out why.
I see now, it was me - time for myself, cut off from the outside world, with no wifi, no phone reception and no electricity I was able just to be. My mind didn’t wander, didn’t falter - I was present. With this omnipresence, I felt that deep connection to the environment, witnessing the sunset whilst realising the futility of mans need to force and change. The sun will always set at the precise time, the seasons of the trees the clouds covering the skies will come and go. There, amongst all this I felt my insignificance to all of life, but in the same breath, I was everything.
My soul was home, but not in the way I first thought, I’d been longing for this journey for so many years, but I see now it was a longing for my soul to be reconnected, to be free from the Vritti’s, the constant mental chatter, the prying eyes - it was to be free...
March 2020, we were locked into hibernation, stay at home orders the world over. As a traveling portrait photographer, I was lost. Sitting in the garden with my morning coffee, I watched with wonder, the changing of the seasons, witnessing the resilience of the natural world, to be ever-present. Secure with where they are not wishing for more. But remaining in the present moment.
Slowing down, I was able to see the true beauty of the natural world, that was right here on my doorstep. I turned the greenhouse into a studio and began digging up the flowers to capture this beauty. I wanted to really show the essence, the full structure, as the old Hermetic axiom ’as above so below’, showing that which enables the beauty.
It was also a journey to the self, slowing down, through meditation, being at one with the natural world. I was able to see the parallel between our human existence and that of Mother Nature, one where we must nourish the self from the inside out. Taking those moments of self hibernation, so that we can emerge and grow.
No flowers were harmed during this self-exploration,
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