About - Stephen DesRoches

Artist Statement

Keeping photography fun is an exciting task. Endless resources of information and much to learn without any pressure or expectations. The idea of recording the world onto single frames is an exercise that forces a closer look at light, colours and shapes. Either it be at home on quiet Prince Edward Island or the occasional travel to much larger destinations, a camera in hand has become as common as carrying identification. The desire to become better is stronger than ever but at the end of each day; it’s still all for fun.

About Stephen

From a small island in Atlantic Canada, I have had the fantastic opportunity to live the life of a full-time artist through a mix of both photography and design. For the past 14 years, I have been a designer on many interesting products with the focus on how design and usability can influence the users experience. A few selected projects include the browser Firefox, the language education website Duolingo, a medical education podcast for primary care and emergency medicine, a yearly medical conference and the incredible reverse image search technology created by TinEye.

But when not designing products, the art of photography has become a full-time daily creative exercise for personal and commercial work. The mix between design and photography complement each other nicely with both having the power of telling story.

My path to photography started with traditional painting and it was not until after installing my first image editing application in 1997, that I became interested with the digital medium – trading in my inks, paints and brushes. Immersed in the world of editing image files, retouching, illustrations and page layouts made for the natural progression into making photographs of my own in 2001. I am an artist at heart. It just happens that at this point in my life, I’m expressing it with photographic equipment.

Select organizations I'm currently working with include Parks Canada, Prince Edward Island Tourism, PEI Ask an Islander Ambassador, Canadian Tourism Commission, Welcome PEI and several private companies.

I am also the co-creator of the eBook: “A Photographer’s Guide to Prince Edward Island"

About Photography

I was once told that "it's not about how you make images, but it's that you make them". Photography for me is a form of art and expression but it's also about memories, experiences and preservation. Photography can and should be so much more than just about taking pictures.

Photography encourages us to stop and take a second look at our surroundings. It forces me away from the computer screens that consume so much of my attention. It encourages adventures and exploring. It triggers memories. And it documents the important things that are always changing. It's a reminder on how important conservation is.

If I can be so fortunate that others also enjoy my images. That's an extra bonus.

About Design

Although this website is dedicated to photography, design is also a very big part of my day to day life. Design can mean many things to many people. For me, it's about creating a great experience for the user. Design is the human interaction and how someone else will see your work, respond to your work and hopefully interact with that work. Very much like photography, design is a language that communicates a message and a connection. The colors and styles are all secondary.

The design projects I'm currently working on all happen fall into the categories of either education or photography related products. The circle is complete. 

Contact Information

For all requests, the best way to reach me is by email. I check it much more often (several times daily) than I do my phone. In fact, the ringer on my phone is almost always turned off.

email: hello@stephendesroches.com

phone: please email

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