About_Derek_Skalko Trained as an architect and founder of 1 Friday Design Collaborative, Derek has been fascinated with the camera since his early twenties, where a fortuitous mentoring with one of music’s legendary image-makers changed his life forever. With roots hailing from Minnesota’s Mesabi Iron Range, Derek’s imaging tends to story-tell with a gentle, unobtrusive approach. Derek’s commitment to embracing both new and old imaging technologies has developed into a visually rich and unapologetic  style that’s been described as, “boldly quiet and graceful in a world constantly begging for more attention”. No matter whether beginning the process digitally or film-based, Derek tends to work predominantly in a hand-held fashion using whatever natural light is available, allowing the stripped candidness of his process to add to the narrative of the final imaging.The authenticity of Derek’s snapshot aesthetic has caught the attention of editorial and commercial clients alike, resulting in a steadily growing regional and national client roster. An accomplished and award-winning individual in both the photographic and architectural realms, Derek lives in Aspen, Colorado with his fiancée Jennifer and their twelve year-young pooch Sam.