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..amateurs worry about equipment,
professionals worry about money,
masters worry about light,
I just take pictures…

 

- Vernon Trent

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Photography is my passionate hobby, I have been making photographs for the past eight years, before this I was merely a taker of them.

With a background of using Photoshop, I decided to pick up digital camera and from that day on I have been hooked on photography.

As a self taught photographer, I decided to fill in my knowledge gaps by undertaking study in professional photography, as a result I now hold a Diploma of Photography from the Photography Institute.

I currently work with a variety of photographic mediums, using 35mm, medium and large format cameras. I am proficient in digital photography, black and white film photography.

The most interesting type of photographs I make are with a Victorian process called the ‘Wet Plate Collodion’ process, which was invented in 1851 by Fredrick Scott Archer. I make these images with my home built 11 x 11 Mahogany and Brass large format Wet Plate camera, these images are a labour of love and often called ‘the Victorian Polaroid’, essentially they are a product of Alchemy. The amount of personal effort that is put into making these images is actually energy sapping, and when I look at the photographic plate I have just taken there is all this effort and energy radiating back.

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