Adam David Rutkowski began his photography career working with 35mm film. He always felt at home in his darkroom, calmed and mesmerized by the process of developing his photos. Working with film was like magic for him. Nothing could replace the elation and fulfillment of processing the perfect picture.
Eventually, Adam began to require a camera that could keep up with the fast-paced photo opportunities he was often seeking out. He transitioned to his first digital camera and began to pursue travel photography after a trip to Southeast Asia in 2008. He found himself wanting to learn about and absorb the culture as often as possible and used photography as his expression.
Since then Adam has traveled all over the world, his camera always in tow. The most challenging thing about travel photography is how difficult it can be to capture the uniqueness of different cultures. Yet there are occasionally those rare moments caught in the blink of a shutter that show you the past, present, and future all at once. Preserving those moments is the reason that travel is so important to Adam, and it is reflected in his work.
Adam’s other true love is concert photography and is what he dedicates most of his time to. He believes that the best photos during a performance are taken when you’re able to see the raw emotion behind the music. It’s not about the rehearsed display – it’s the intimacy that is exposed when a band gives you a peek into what drove them to assemble in the first place; the struggle and the passion behind it.
Occasionally, the crowd at a show can be a better subject than the artist themselves.
There are some fans have been following a band for years and years. Seeing their dedication to the show and the real emotion on their faces can sometimes capture the meaning of a performance better than the performance itself.
If Adam could photograph any musician in the world – alive or dead – he would want to photograph GG Allin. “That’s as raw as it gets.,” Adam says. “He was a performer that couldn’t give a shit about the status quo and just always did what was best in that exact moment.”
Above all, Adam aspires to capture the moments in life when people are fighting for something they love. Someone that experiences pain for a cause they believe in is human emotion in its realest form. The perfect photo exists when a person truly cares about something so much that they are incapable of hiding it, no matter the consequence.