Simon Christen

    Attributes

    • Male
    • Animator
    • Photographer

    About the artist

    "I have always been a visual person. As a child I would pour over National Geographic’s, letting myself be drawn into the stories that the photos told. So it seemed only natural that I would eventually pursue a career in the visual arts. I started with graphic design, but soon found digital animation to be much more interesting, which led me to become a character animator at Pixar Animation Studios.

    A
    bout 8 years ago the photography bug bit me. I was fascinated with urban exploring and spent a lot of time taking pictures of abandoned structures in the US and Europe. During this time I focused on learning as much as I could about photography and ways to improve my skill.

    What I love most about photography is that there are so many different directions you can go. After urban exploring, I shifted my focus and became more interested in shooting landscapes and cityscapes. Particularly using the panorama format. I truly love the versatility of photography and am excited to continue exploring new directions.

    A few years ago I began to experiment with time lapse photography. For me time lapse is the perfect combination of both photography and animation. As an animator I constantly study movement in great detail, where as photography forces you to focus on a split second in time. Shooting time lapse footage is very time-consuming, but extremely rewarding when you capture something beautiful that was hidden to the naked eye."

    Simon Christen

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