For this month, Winnipeg River Arts Council features photographer Lian Drabyk.
Born in China, she lived there until she was one year old. After this, she grew up in Pinawa, Manitoba, where she attended elementary and high school. She still lives in this boreal community and finds plenty of inspiration in the surrounding wilderness.
For several years, Drabyk has worked on her skills as a photographer and she enjoys taking pictures from different views and perspectives. She said, “I particularly like black and white photography. My subjects include landscapes, wild animals, farm animals, pets, buildings, abstracts and star trails.”
For those who may not be familiar with this term, a “star trail” is a type of photograph that uses long exposure times to capture the apparent motion of stars in the night sky due to the Earth’s rotation.
Despite her relatively young age, Drabyk has travelled to the United States, China, Hong Kong, South Korea, England and many parts of Canada. In 2018, she received a diploma from the PrairieView School of Photography, located in downtown Winnipeg. In this school, she completed courses in digital Photography, 2-D animation, Drama/Media, video photography and various art courses.
In her spare time, Drabyk likes to help out at her former school, Pinawa Secondary, by taking pictures of the school’s sports events. These photographs have often been used in their yearbooks.
A couple of years ago, she joined Art 211, the Pinawa art gallery. Right after she joined the gallery, she began submitting many of her unique photos to be exhibited there. Also, during the past two years, she has participated in the Boreal Shores Art Tour. In 2017, she entered her work in the 2017 Eastman Juried Art Show in Whitemouth.
Samples of her work can be found at https://liandrabyk.exposure.co/ and https://borealshoresarttour.ca/lian-drabyk-2019-draft/ .