The Artist

John's first interest in photography came from his father who had a Pentax Spotmatic.  He doesn’t recall using his camera many times but it was a fun thing learning to capture moments in time.  The first and only formal training John received was at university in Australia.  He was doing a science degree with a math major and just hated one of his subjects so much he had to change after 6 weeks. 

The subject was modern algebra and John felt proving theorem was a pointless task and John knew he had no intention on continuing down this line.  Being lucky enough to perform a photography elective outside his particular course was a great break.  John had already missed nearly half the course and missed many of the basics so it was really catch up time.  If it was any other subject John may have found this overwhelming to catch up but due to his interest, putting in the long hours to complete all the assignments that he had missed was very enjoyable.  The only productive hours in the darkroom were after midnight so he camped in the darkroom and produced his first work.  John recalls cutting many shapes from the cardboard that came from the Ilford paper to hone in on his burning skills.  He also recall creating his own grains on film negatives so he could create different effects on his pictures.   


After this class and the purchase of his first camera (Nikon F401) in 1990 he only shot photos of his travel, family and friends.  John brought his camera along to a couple of friend’s weddings and he recall receiving favourable feedback.  The wedding were far less formal and captured different enjoyable moments rather than formal poses.  He bought a friend’s Nikon D100, his first digital SLR and enjoyed the experience straight away. 


John enjoys the challenge to identify an image in the right light that is creative and unique.  John wasn’t aware of his style initially but the one characteristic, which stands out, is the use of strong lead in lines in his work.  John also likes to create the sensation that you can see easily and can touch the foreground objects in his pictures so he often shoot from low angles. 


Even through he does mainly shoot colour he still love black and white and does produce some of his work in this format.  John enjoy many genres of photography as well.  From landscape, botanical, abstract to travel.  As John is a great lover of the outdoors, landscape photography is a pleasure and some what an obsession. 


"I love the beauty of the world and the many surprises and challenges that it presents to us every day.  To capture these moments is a privilege."

 

Whilst living in the UK I entered some photographic competitions with some success.  Listed below are the awards received:

Finalist - Digital Camera, Photographer of the Year 2007.
Third Overall - Digital Photo, Photographer of the Year 2008.  I had won Travel category and collected points for my Black and White piece.
Finalist - Practical Photographer/Digital Photo, Holiday Photographer of the Year 2008.

 

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