Biography of Amar Guillen – Photographer Artist of Nature
Amar Guillen is a photographer artist specializing in nature fine art photography. He creates artworks about the underwater world, wildlife universe, and landscape wonders.
In 1987, his photographic adventure began while he prepared for a degree in computer engineering.
The visual beauty offered by the sumptuous surrounding landscapes and the wildlife held within began (and continues) to be his source of inspiration. This has led him to entirely devote themselves to a professional photographic career, allowing him to share his contemplative and artistic interpretation of nature. For the last fifteen years, he has photographed both the animals and his terrestrial and underwater natural landscapes. His photographic scenes are animated by the infinite mysteries hidden in nature.
Through his photographic gaze of nature, he strives to highlight the importance of its conservation. Amar lives and exhibits between France and the United States, both of which supply wildlife, landscapes, and cultures, providing inspiration for his work. Amar has published several books including "Lights and Colors of the Charente-Maritime Coast", "Reflections of Haute-Saintonge", and "The Secrets of Underwater Photography ".
Amar Guillen was fortunate to arrive in the United States in 2001. He wanted to embark on a world tour through diving adventures. This was the first step in a country that was entirely new to him, however, although he did not know it at the time, the United States would eventually become the end of his journey.
Upon his arrival in the United States, Amar developed a true passion for the nature of the country whether it be underwater or terrestrial. With time, he decided to devote a large part of his artistic work to illuminate the natural wonders of the country.
His artistic approach is increasingly oriented towards black and white because it best expresses his emotions and reflects his passion for a country that has welcomed him so well. He continually aspires to be worthy of this blessing.
As Amar often says, “Life will not be enough to discover and appreciate this country that is continent-wide.” He hopes that his artistic activity will allow many people to come to tread this land which is still wild, and which still contains many mysteries.
Professional Photographer Living In France and the United States
Amar Guillen is an independent professional photographer who specializes in underwater, wildlife, and landscape photography. Originating from France, he shows the wonders of nature through his fine art photography, exhibitions, and books.
Since 2001, Amar alternates living between the Charente-Maritime in Saint-Georges de Didonne in France; and in Plano, a city not far from Dallas, Texas in the United States. In 2003, he created his company "Guillen Photo LLC", and he acquired American citizenship in 2010.
All his professional activities are conducted in France and the United States.
Inspiration Through the Contemplation of Nature
Each day, this photographer draws his energy from contemplating nature, which is the ultimate inspiration for the creation of his artistic photographs. Amar is continually amazed by the richness and diversity of the surrounding landscapes and seascapes.
The observation of land or underwater wildlife gives him incomparably unique joys each day. For it is through observing, appreciating, and respecting the wonders of nature that aids Amar in seeing each morning in a new perspective.
In landscape photography, Amar Guillen is inspired by Ansel Adams, Rolfe Horn, Michael Kenna, Guy Tal, Clyde Butcher, David H. Gibson, Peter Lik.
In underwater photography, he is inspired by David Doubillet for his work on black-and-white wrecks, as well as Michael Aw.
In animal photography, he is inspired by Erwan Balança, Frans Lanting, and Art Wolfe.
Showing Unique and Ephemeral Moments
Amar Guillen enjoys photographing ethereal moments that soon disappear forever, leaving no trace. Those scenes are nearly impossible to replicate, except through the preservation of a photograph. he has always felt an overwhelming desire to save those fleeting moments as a photograph.
He chose photography instead of drawing or painting, because photography can instantly capture an accurate representation of a certain moment—photography is a special art that shows a “frozen moment” what actually occurred or was present.
From the point of view of Amar Guillen, photography makes it possible to cut a piece of space, freezing it in a single second. Once that moment passes, everything has changed. Amar Guillen practices photography as a visual art; through his approach, he is striving to create timeless photos.
A Contemplative and Artistic Interpretation of Nature
The photographic vision of Amar Guillen is summarized by a contemplative and artistic interpretation of nature. He always follows these rules:
- His photos capture nature in its ethereal state: a fragile glimpse of that moment.
- His compositions are clean and free of unnecessary elements.
- He photographs unique and ephemeral moments.
- He worke to discover nature’s wonders to share with others.
- He is selective of equipment and techniques to ensure that each photo is consistent with the original vision. The tools are not an end in themselves, the subject of the moment is more important.
Photographing Nature Since 1987
Amar Guillen began taking pictures of landscapes in 1987 with an Olympus OM40 while working on his degrees in computer engineering. For fifteen years, he continued to discover beautiful landscapes on land and underwater. As his horizons expanded, his passions for these wonders grew as well. Practicing photography as a hobby allowed him to capture inexpressibly wonderful moments. Finally, in 2003, he decided to devote all his energy to recording the beauty of nature through a professional career in nature photography.
The photographic vision of Amar Guillen is to record the wonder of lights and colors found on land and underwater. One of his main goals is to portray the delicate balance between nature and humanity. Today, Amar have many advantages to offer in his services as professional photographer.
His Goal is to Create Fine Art Photographs
The photographs created follow artistic approach of Amar Guillen, making it possible to create collections of photographic art. He has divided his art prints into two distinct themes: "Lights and Colors of Nature" and "Shades of Blacks and Whites of Nature".
Amar has organized numerous exhibitions:
- "Ambiances on the Ponds of the Dombes" in 2017;
- "Lights and Colors of Southern US Landscapes" in 2016;
- "The Lords of the Woods" in 2014;
- "Sea and Coastline" in 2014;
- "Reflections of Haute Saintonge" in 2013;
- "The Charente Coastline: Upside Down" in 2013;
- "Lights and Colors of the Charente-Maritime Coast” in 2012.
He has published several books devoted to the wonders of landscapes: "Lights and Colors of the Charente-Maritime coast", "Reflections of Haute-Saintonge".
He has also published technical books "The Secrets of Underwater Photography", "Underwater Photography: Expert Guide", and "Underwater Photography for Beginners".