Is this picture worth $1,000,000?
We received information from a Beverley Hills, Calif., public relations agency about the sale of a photo by photographer Peter Lik to an anonymous buyer for the magnificent price of a million bucks.
The photo, labeled “One” by the Australian photographer, who says it’s “the best shot I have taken in my lifetime,” is a nature shot captured on the banks of the Androscoggin River in New Hampshire.
Taken just after dawn, amid breathtaking New England fall foliage, the photograph resembles an Impressionist painting more than any nature photograph. Says Lik, “I will never forget this morning for the rest of my life. It was calm, and the scent of the fall forest filled my lungs. The mist cleared, and a magical reflection in the river briefly appeared. White birch trees, black trunks, a kaleidoscope of foliage combining to reveal an illusion of three dimensions. I pressed the shutter – once – and then the scene vanished with the morning breeze, never to be seen again.”
Lik is no newcomer. He currently is represented in 14 galleries worldwide and in April will have his work displayed in a collection of nature photography at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. Lik has been admitted to the Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society, and has been named a Master of Photography by both the Professional Photographers of America and the Australian Institute of Professional Photography. You can check him out at www.peterlik.com.