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Meet Vincent Darmohusodo of Pixel On Wood in Encinitas

Today we’d like to introduce you to Vincent Darmohusodo.

Vincent, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
My photography journey was influenced by my father. He was a photographer himself and was very passionate about all things photography as well as cameras. I remember growing up as a kid in Indonesia and following him around, either hunting for a shot or for a used camera.

However, my interest in photography did not pique until about ten years ago. He was showing me the ropes along the way and before too long, I was really into it. What started out as a hobby has now become a passion. In the last few years, I’ve spent more time trying to challenge myself and raise the bar higher in my photography work.

In 2016, I started Pixel On Wood where I specialize in transferring my photography work on reclaimed wood. My primary work is in landscape photography with more emphasis on the surf and ocean. Having a love for the ocean and being a surfer, these are the areas that I draw a lot of my inspiration from.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Photo transfer is a challenging process. Unlike a print, each piece is entirely handmade.

The process is quite labor intensive and takes time. The number of pieces I can generate in a given time is limited. I’m always looking for a more efficient process in creating my photography artwork. Another challenge with photo transfer is creating larger pieces.

There is a limitation in size as far as how large a piece can be made, and I have to find creative ways in presenting my work. Furthermore, finding reclaimed wood materials as my “canvas” is easier said than done. I never know when and where the next usable materials will come from.

I have to stay creative and be flexible with whatever materials I have in hand. Despite some of these challenges, photo transfer is such a unique process that I am really passionate about. Each day is always a learning process in getting better at what I do.

We’d love to hear more about what you do.
I specialize in transferring my photography work on reclaimed wood. I literally transfer the ink from a paper print onto a wood surface. The transfer process is entirely done by hand. Unlike a print, each piece is unique and one of a kind due to some variations in the process as well as wood materials. In a way, each piece has its own fingerprint.

Some imperfections during the transfer process actually make the overall piece “perfect.” I also primarily use reclaimed wood as my “canvas,” and it adds more character and texture for a rustic finish. While most photographers print their work on different mediums, I choose to be different and to find my own lane by creating not just an ordinary photography experience.

I want to combine and blend photography and mixed media art together into what I call “photography art.” In a saturated photography field where it is easy to get lost, I hope that my unique photo transfer work can stand out in the crowd.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
I believe being unique and original are key components to success. I hope that people would recognize my photography work from its uniqueness and originality.

In the end, I wish to capture the beauty of nature, translate it to a form that I can share with others so people can be inspired by it. That, on its own, is a success for me.

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