My name is Marian Kraus, born in Slovakia and raised in Germany. I now live in the greater Chicago, IL area, one of the capitals of architecture. Among the many hats I wear are that of a husband, father, entrepreneur, creative, photographer and avid squash player.
According to Zen, the only life we have is that which is found in the present. Everything else is memory or anticipation. We must be awake to really live. Mindfulness, or waking up to the present, is not easily mastered yet extraordinarily important and essential to photography.
My fascination to encapsulate “the big picture” into timeless elements within a fraction of a second led me to wake up and leave a successful 20-year corporate career with an international conglomerate in 1999. Ever since, I focus on commercial photography including that of architecture, interior spaces and the mesmerizing world of nature and fine art photography. Life has taught me to love and see it for what it is, a ticket to the greatest show on earth…and next to nature, my incredibly awesome wife and children are the inspiration that fires my passion.
Humans think in images, not words. Say “TIGER” to a friend and ask her what she saw in her mind. It surely won’t be the words “T-I-G-E-R”… Images form a universal language, regardless of nationalities and belief systems. Most of the absorbed information enters through the eyes, the portal to our visual sense.
In today’s loud world images elicit emotions and feelings; they create lasting impressions and bring you close to the experience; they naturally create an intimate connection to your story. And stories fuel brands…as well as the human heart.