As an international landscape photographer for the past 20 years, Noël de Christián has journeyed to more than two dozen countries “documenting areas for posterity,” but it was close to home, in Downtown Hollywood, Florida, where his longtime dream of owning his own gallery became a reality.
“This is the culmination of my career as a photographer,” said the Miami native, who opened Noël de Christián Photography Gallery April 13 in a 1,100-square-foot space at 120 S. 20th Ave.
De Christián has digitally captured stunning landscapes throughout North America, South America and Europe, in locales that include the Everglades, Hawaii, western Canada, Paris and Iceland, which he calls “the most photographic place” because of its beauty and “how powerful nature is there.”
Landscape and travel photography is “truly my calling and passion,” he said. “I have a need to try to conserve the natural green spaces that are left. It’s my way of showcasing planet Earth.”
Large-format prints of about a dozen of de Christián’s photographs are on display, ranging in size to 60 inches by 40 inches. He prefers large-format prints because the experience is “more immersive for the viewer.” He also will be offering a limited number of 30 different prints in smaller sizes starting at 12 inches by 8 inches. Prices range from $150 for a small print to $4,000 for the largest print.
De Christián’s entire portfolio is available on his website or can be viewed by gallery visitors on his iPad. He welcomes browsers to “just come and see beautiful works of nature and hang out, with no pressure to buy anything.”
De Christián, who bought his first camera, a Canon 630, around 1985 and practiced his new hobby using his 18-year-old sister Perla as his model, has since displayed his work in various galleries around the country. With the opening of his own gallery in Hollywood’s historic downtown arts, music and entertainment district, de Christián’s journey has come full circle.
He looked at numerous South Florida locations before discovering Downtown Hollywood, “an up-and-coming area with so much going for it,” including affordable commercial space.
“There’s a vibrancy to the area. This is really, really important to my business,” de Christián said. “Downtown Hollywood has everything I’m looking for. This is really a happening place.”
Noël de Christián Photography Gallery is open from 11 am to 8 pm Tuesday – Sunday. Monthly two-part photography classes for beginners to learn about composition, lighting and posing in a fun environment (participants are encouraged to bring their own wine) are also offered. Two three-hour classes are $149 and limited to 10 adults. The first class is held at the gallery on a weeknight, with the second class taking place the following Saturday morning, when participants go around Downtown Hollywood and put into practice what they learned.
De Christián is also available for private photography lessons or photo expeditions in the South Florida area. For more information, call 954-777-3000, email [email protected] or visit www.noeldechristian.com.
Photo: Noël de Christián Photography via Facebook