Calendar preserves Park City for 2018
In 2015, local photographers Rick Pieros and Mark Maziarz teamed up and published “Park City: A Portrait,” a project that combined their images into a coffee table book that showcased the scenery, trails and culture of the greater Park City area.
Three years later, the photographers put their heads and photographs together for their 2018 Park City Calendar.
“I have thought about doing a calendar for a long time, at least every since I had my gallery — so about 10 years,” Pieros said when he and Maziarz spoke with The Park Record a few weeks ago. “Mark has already done a couple of calendars –1996 and 1997, and we both have been going back and forth to do one.”
There was one question the two kept asking themselves.
“Do people use calendars anymore?” Pieros said.
The answer was yes.
“I personally feel that calendars died when people started using the smartphones and computers, but one day people started to get tired of staring at their electronic devises,” he said. “I think people started to want to have something to hang in their kitchens so they could write birthdays and stuff on them — not the stuff that keeps you busy at work, but the important things.”
With that in mind, he and Maziarz decided to create a calendar.
“We wanted to do a really nice calendar,” Pieros said. “We made sure the stock was nice and heavy, so it would be more like a fine-art calendar.”
They photographers began working on the calendar last spring. They gathered their photos together and gave them to designer Melissa Hyde.
“I had worked with her on a couple of other projects and she is great,” Maziarz said. “So we kind of let her drive a lot of the design.”
The project was easier than Maziarz and Pieros expeted.
“When we actually got down to it, everything flowed really well,” Maziarz said.
Part of the smoothness had to do with Pieros’ and Maziarz’ decision to trust Hyde with their vision.
“In both cases for the book and calendar, we give the designers twice as many photos and had them decide what flows in their eyes because it’s hard to judge your own photos,” Maziarz said.
Still, Pieros said, it’s easy and fun to judge each other’s photos.
“Mark has such a different way of seeing things and I really enjoy his style, which is not necessarily the way I photograph,” Pieros said. “So it’s refreshing to see the stuff he’s photographed, the moments he’s captured.”
Maziarz likes how well his photos work with Pieros’ images.
“That’s the cool thing about our styles,” Maziarz said. “They complement each other pretty well, and while they usually don’t overlap, there are times when they do pretty nicely.”
Many of the photos used in the calendar were ones that didn’t make it into “Park City: A Portrait.”
“We made a concerted effort to have some of those images make it into the calendar, because as we looked at them, we were amazed that they didn‘t make the book,” Pieros said.
Maziarz said there is a certain dynamic to the photos.
“I like the combination of big scenic pictures, but I also like the photos that have a little more personality, like one of a moose or one of the puppy,” he said. “So the calendar is like a macro and micro of Park City.”
The calendar also features blurbs about each photo. These were co-written by Maziarz’ wife, Mary Beth.
“I think that gives the photos a little more character, especially for those people who don’t live in town,” Maziarz said.
The new 2018 Park City calendar by Rick Pieros and Mark Maziarz can be purchased at the following locations: Dolly’s Bookstore, Atticus Coffee, Books, & Teahouse, Southwestern Expressions, Right At Home, the Park City Museum, The Market at Park City and Deer Valley Signature Stores. The calendar can also purchased by visiting http://parkcityphotobook.com/park-city-calendar
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