I have been living and working in S.E. Asia for the last 7 years but soon I’ll returning to Tasmania. Graphic arts have always interested me and I’ve been lucky enough to earn my living from photography for a time. Forty years ago I was using film, but then I stopped taking photos for years and years and years….(never really understood why I stopped), but, I’ve recently returned to photography and I’m enjoying the journey. Mostly, I shoot digital because of the ease of work flow, but I still shoot and have a special love for film, for its organic quality and the discipline it requires. There is something sobering about a totally manual everything and only 12 shots available. I am pretty hopeless with photoshop, so don’t go expecting amazing post processing / montage work like I have seen here… it just won’t happen.
I stumbled upon Red Bubble and liked what I saw, so hopefully being part of a like minded community will help to inspire. I’m not here to sell my stuff, just share. I have probably been influenced and inspired most by the Impressionists, also by Balthus, Edward Hopper, Greg Crewdson (hasn’t everybody), Euginio Recuenco, Jack Vettriano, Alfred Hitchcock, David Lynch, Jeffery Smart, Joseph Koudelka, James Nachtwey. With modern cameras, its relatively easy to make reasonable images of what’s there, I am more interested in creating images which have a narrative quality and require some kind of deconstruction and meaning making by the viewer…without too much manipulation in photoshop. I’m not much of a fan of HDR, most of what I see is over the top, but I’m not one of those purists who believe post processing should be outlawed. I work on the principle of… If I could do it in a darkroom, then I can do it in post processing. I am looking forward to being part of this creative community.
All images are copyright Ken McColl, are not in the public domain and may not be used, copied in whole or part without my written permission.
However, if you ask nicely, I may let you use them