Artist Statement, a first draft.

I have been reading Artists’ Statements from a few photographers, and a few opinions on how I should write one for myself.  So I thought I would have a go.

Here is my first draft. Written in my own way, for my own reasons.

I think it has helped to focus my sense of where I would like to direct my work for the next few years. This process has been very helpful to me.

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Statement

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I use my camera to romance the land & the sea. I photograph the world, the way I would like it to be; poetic, unique, a place to be, and let be.  

I frame images of a world I see, so I can share with you that there are different ways to see, and be.

I am a landscape photographer, a writer of words, walker of beaches, trying to keep life simple, a few rolls of film at a time.

Photography is my escape, it is my journey through my soul. It is how I bring balance to my world.

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100 Landscape Photographers Worth Knowing…

3 new photographers added;  Dec 20th 2014.

We see these lists, all the time. Most are long, endless lists of boring sameness. Lifeless lists of lemmings; photographers, with a few exceptions, who all look the same. All copying each others work in a repetitive, diminishing circle of indistinguishable and interchangeable styles and ideas. Most lists are worthless.

Surely the purpose of such lists is to showcase artists where each has been carefully chosen to bring something of particular value into the sphere of other Landscape Photographers. An outward looking list. A rich tapestry of creative and functional ideas, styles and techniques; contrasting, challenging, thought provoking and truly useful. A mix of the established and the new, traditional and avant-garde. A diverse list which helps other photographers to grow.

So, I thought I would put together my own list below.

Let me share four important criteria for my choices;

First, this is not a list of the “Top 100″ or “The Best”; the concept of better or best is a nonsense. They are all excellent. As are thousands who will be left off the list. What is important here is that they are different from each other and chosen for particular reasons. And it is this broad difference in vision and values, technique and ideas which this list hopes to showcase. Read More »






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Creativity and the Photographer

Some thoughts…

I am wondering, what is creativity? And, what can we do to become more creative photographers?

Of course, there are no easy formulas. And this short post can not even start to answer such profound questions. However, I think there are a few ideas which can help us. Let me share two. But first, some context.

Over the last few years I have been on a journey into photography. Like many people, I have been trying to discover and develop my creative side. I have always enjoyed building, crafting and making things, particularly photographs.  And while these are often seen as ‘creative’ activities, the simple act of making something, does not, by default, mean we have been or are creative. Making things can be very functional, lacking in any creativity.

Many people speak of creativity using nice woolly words like soul, mood, passion, feeling and spark. And yes, these are all great words to wrap around the concept of creativity,  however they are not particularly helpful in giving us some real goalposts to aim at.

For me, creativity implies that we have created or added ‘something extra’. It is that bit of ‘magic’ which will occasionally take what we make and transport it to a special place.

Here are two things I have learnt which have help me to understand what creativity is and how to find it.

Mamiya 7II / 80mm / Velvia 50 Film

Mamiya 7II / 80mm / Velvia 50 Film

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Creativity

How do you make an interesting photograph,  when conditions appear to be un-interesting? 

A few weeks ago I wrote a sarcastic post on Facebook bemoaning the 20+ photographers I had encountered at Coogee Ocean Pool that morning. Almost all the photographers had their cameras firmly mounted on rigid tripods, all lenses were pointed in the same direction and they were all chattering about how poor the light and conditions were.

It reminded me that photography is about creativity. It is about being open and agile to what ever environment and conditions you encounter. Photography is not a functional or robotic activity. The photographer needs to ‘work the environment’, generate ideas and imagine creative solutions. Photography is about vision. Your vision!  I think too many photographers expect ‘mother nature’ to do all the work.

Here is the photograph I made that morning. This may not be to every ones liking. However to my eyes, it is different and creative.

Coogee, NSW Australia

Mamiya 7II / 43mm / Velvia 50 Film

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