Kerrick James has been a full-time travel journalist since 1990, and has traveled all around the world. His images have been featured on more than 200 book and magazine covers, and he’s written numerous feature stories for travel publications. He has also shot a variety of travel-themed books on subjects like Route 66, and other travel destinations worldwide.
With the American West and Pacific Rim as his home territory, he has taught more than 60 photo workshops in 12 years, from Panama to Alaska, and Hawaii to Zambia. Kerrick shoots all aspects of destination travel, including architecture, nightlife, sports and wildlife, but Kerrick is best known for his dynamic landscapes and images of ecotourism.
His favorite assignments have taken him on active adventures like kayaking, hiking, climbing and exploring the wild places of the planet. He has rafted the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon 14 times, and recently hiked 40 miles in the Alps on assignment. His philosophy about travel photography is simple: “Photography is our shared visual language, and connects all cultures. I’m thrilled to teach and share my vision and experiences with everyone who also loves imaging.”
Kerrick’s thirst for adventure has driven him to become the photographer he is today.
"I bought my first PENTAX SLR in high school, used it through college as I studied photography, and have stayed with PENTAX throughout my entire professional career. I chose PENTAX because their cameras have always been lighter, very rugged, with superb optics with easy, fast working controls. This combination worked beautifully for me as a travel photographer who is always on location and frequently in rough terrain. My clients have consistently raved about the quality of the images I've submitted. My PENTAX cameras just always work, enabling me to concentrate on making great images for my clients, simple as that."
New York City, USA
Chris Knight’s early love of classic painting has had a significant influence how he sees the world as an artist. Working as a portrait photographer in New York City, the concept of translating classic, visual narratives into modern sensibilities continues to fascinate and inspire him. Portraiture throughout time has been a continued search to communicate the human form in a variety of ways.
One of the many things Chris loves is that we live in a time where the tools to create are more democratized than ever. With the primary tools of light, and whether that light is simple or complex, the goals are the same: to capture the subject in a unique way.
Chris would not be able to do that without the right camera to help shape his vision. Having worked with many cameras and formats over the years, he believes that not all formats are created equal, and that is the reason why the Pentax 645Z is his favorite piece of equipment.
Chris is an educator at universities in New York City and students around the world.
"PENTAX entering the medium-format market with its 645Z has completely changed the way I photograph. The camera gives me the flexibility, ruggedness and technological horsepower to allow me to craft imagery without limitations. This camera opens the door for photographers that may have thought this level of quality was out of reach. Above all else, this camera unobtrusively acts as an extension of how I see, and that is the most valuable quality of all."
Beach, California, USA
Joey Skibel has been a professional photographer for over twenty years. His assignments have taken him around the world for clients such as Ricoh Imaging, Canon USA, Beyond Clothing, Oliver Peoples Sunglasses , Pentax Cameras & Formatt Hitech Filters.
His photography has been used in global ad campaigns in both print and motion, most recently in Digital Photo Pro, Photo District News & Rangefinder Magazine. His large format Landscape prints have been showcased in La Jolla, Newport Beach & Los Angeles.
Behind most of Skibel’s work is a passion for Nature and Conservation. This passion led to assignments in Latin America and Africa, where he recently spent an extended period in Namibia after he first trekked 1,000 kilometers across a region in South Africa, while serving as director of photography on a film about bringing awareness to the near extinction of the African Rhino.
A proponent of new technologies , Skibel is now a Creative Master for Ricoh-Pentax Imaging, creating imagery for ad campaigns as well as training the students of tomorrow in the capabilities of the cutting edge.
He spends most of his time in the places people call wild.
"I need a serious camera I can depend on because my work takes me all over the world so the K-1’s 36 MP’s a game changer for me. When I’m shooting wildlife I love the 6.5 FPS and the ability to shoot high ISO’s make this the go-to camera for my reportage style weddings. I just love it! Don’t get me wrong, I still love my Pentax (645Z) when I have the time for a studio portrait set-up or working a landscape shot but the K-1 gives me the flexibility to react to a changing situation quickly. I need it when I need to be spontaneous."
Miami, Florida, USA
Almost 30 years ago, Ricardo Serpa went after a dream. Against everybody’s advice, he left his daytime job as an export manager for a global corporation company in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to fully embrace a career as a professional photographer.
Ricardo currently runs a successful commercial studio outside of Miami, and has dedicated his time to travel and documentary photography. From his humble beginnings to now, much has changed in photography and in the world itself. What has not changed is the passion Ricardo has for photography. After all these years of looking at life through his camera lenses, Ricardo has developed a profound respect for the photographic art, and feels it is a privilege to be able to live doing what he loves and what makes him happy.
As of late, Ricardo has been dedicating his time to a lot of travel, most of it on his motorcycle, visiting remote and unique places, and meeting very interesting people along the way. During these solo trips, some of them covering tens of thousands of miles, Ricardo has experience a different sense of freedom and inner peace, and the images he is bringing back somehow start to show this mindset. As he says, "It is a very good feeling, and it keeps me looking forward to new travels and new discoveries."
The ability of meeting people from different walks of life is what drives Ricardo's passion for photography.
"After many years shooting with different brands, PENTAX has become my only choice for all my equipment needs, both in medium-format and 35mm, and I couldn’t be happier with the decision. PENTAX offers me everything I look for when it comes to photographic tools. The cameras are incredibly well-thought in all senses. Besides being absolutely reliable, Pentax cameras has perfect ergonomics, and are solidly constructed and resistant to the adverse conditions I find in my travels. All of this wouldn’t matter much if the image quality wasn’t there, of course, but it is, and in spades."