First of all, thank you for taking the time to visit my site, I hope that my photographs have pleased your eye and in some way stirred your emotions. I have been practising photography since I was first handed a camera at age 8, the images you see here are the result of many years of practise and experimentation with photography as well lessons learnt through thoughtful critiques by other respected photographers. Whilst photographic techniques can be learnt quite quickly, it takes time to perfect an artistic style that elevates your work from a simple capture to a work of art.
At first I shot everything that I could think of and dabbled in all types of photography. Over time I found myself enjoying the challenge of landscape photography, the fact that you have little control over the elements of the shot is challenging but it can also deliver something that I would never have thought of myself.
I would go to places that I liked the look and feel of and took as many different shots as I could. More recently I have spent time looking back through the shots that have persisted on my portfolio over the years to discover the essence of my own style.
My style is one of chaos and complexity, I see our world in this vein. Even what man creates attempts order and simplicity but when viewed from a distance is still complex and lacking in meaning. Photography is the perfect way to capture this, my style manifests itself in the most intricate details or in multi-layered compositions which only a camera can create. Another element which attracted me to photography is the knowedge that what you are admiring actually exists and the conditions captured really did occur. There is much debate about 'Photoshopping' images and while digital photographers need Photoshop to produce a high quality image I always ensure that the final product stays true to the original scene.
Some artistic license must be taken however, how can a photograph communicate the power of the waves, the bitter cold of the winter chill or the tranquillity of birds chirping in the trees? Subtle manipulation of colour, contrast and saturation allow the photographic artist to transcends the two-dimensional print and create emotion.
I also strive to leave the viewer guessing. Adorning the dining room at my childhood home sat a painting of a shack overlooking a rolling outback landscape, a road curved around the front of the shack and then disappearred from view only to reappear in the background. Many arguments were had over where the road went and I loved how something that was not actually present in the image was seen differently by each viewer.
Please feel free to leave comments through the contact form. I appreciate everyone's thoughts and I am more than happy to let you know more about where or how and image was taken. Once again, thank you for taking the time to explore my work.