When Canon Ambassador Jan Stria moved to Ireland for work as an IT professional, little did he know he would fall in love with photography. "The country was so amazing, it was like looking at art," he says. He bought his first camera shortly after his arrival, a Canon EOS 550D.
Jan grew up close to the mountains in northeast Bohemia in the Czech Republic, and although he now lives in Prague, he often returns home to visit his parents. He studied automation technology and then IT and management at university, but when it comes to photography, he is mostly self-taught. After moving to Ireland he instantly fell in love with the landscape and began to consider the endless possibilities offered by photography. "At the end of 2012, after five years in Ireland, I returned home to the Czech Republic and started to focus more seriously on photography," he recalls. "At that time, I didn't have any friends who were photographers, so I attended a few workshops and met like-minded, passionate people and started going on photography trips with them.