Philip Volkers is a passionate photographer who has written his own view of the world through his breathtaking photos; his creativity and his thirst for adventure allows him to create surreal images.
Philip Volkers ARPS was born in 1980 and grew up in the Wiltshire countryside. He studied Indian Philosophy and Shamanic Studies at SOAS (a highly influential experience for Philip that defined much of his later work), but it was not until receiving the inaugural Royal Photographic Society/Jeff Vickers MBE Bursary for Aspiring Young Talent in 2009 that he found his calling as a photographer.
With a strong focus on nature and freedom of expression, Philip finds his main subject matter through travel. Recent adventures have led him to explore human gatherings, be they spiritual, hedonistic or both. More specifically, Philip seeks to capture moments of heightened consciousness and unity within these gatherings, and so to encourage the inquisitive aspect of the viewer to be stimulated by the images he creates.
He tries to create a relationship between the viewer and his photographs.
“I’ve always taken photos from a very early age,” he says. “At school we had great facilities and I spent loads of time hidden away in the dark room at weekends. It was the place where I could think and have time to myself. After school my interest in the esoteric led me to the School of Oriental and African Studies to study philosophy and religion, then after leaving university, a trip to India reawakened my passion for photography. I then started assisting photographers and learnt the ropes that way.”
His first job in the fashion world was assisting Robert Fairer for US Vogue “He was doing the beauty and fashion backstage at all the international fashion shows,” Philip explains. “This was great because I also had enough spare time to run around and take my own shots. And who wouldn’t want to photograph beautiful women in stunning clothes? It’s every man’s dream.
Philip continues achieving success after each photo he takes, and lets us see a world maybe none of us has seen before.
Philip’s work also includes reportage, portraits, commercial imagery (including jewelry) and extreme sports. His main goal with all of these genres is to produce imagery that is stand-alone in its impact; he exhibits across the board in galleries worldwide.
Philip’s clients include: Apple, The BBC, Clarence House, Mustang Monument, De Beers, Esquire, Harper’s Bazaar, The Independent, Lisson Gallery, Mercury Records, Louis Mariette, L’Officiel, Olympus, Pebble, Quintessentially, Universal Records and Vogue UK.
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