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Have always had an interest in the arts but never could find a way to indulge myself full time. Photography is my first love, with reading(non fiction) writing and music a close second

Being a political animal, I enjoy capturing urban images including slogans, graffiti and stencil art. Generally anything that is somewhat quirky and begs to be recorded. Gritty realism appeals to me and the human condition always interests me. Streetscape is a major influence but just one of many influences.
I enjoy the juxtaposition of colour and shape, often manifesting itself in architectural abstract and man made construction.

Since early 2009 I have changed back to film. All three formats are now represented and I have my own dark room at home. This massive change has resulted in a more satisfying work flow and where Im about artistically. Architectual abstract and abstract expressionism is where I am drifting too. Exclusively black and white is where Im at. Paul Strand is my major influence.
My writing compliments where possible, often pursuing a theme and providing creative balance. The urge to write can be overwhelming and I feel comfortabe in the 150 word (Flash Fiction) genre.

I love to make strong images with a message also . Social justice and political comment have been known to surface.
Recently I have returned to film (medium format and large format) as well. This has given me an impetus for creativity which Im enjoying. I do not possess Photo Shop and do not feel the need to manipulate the image beyond , Crop, Saturation Curves or a Panoramic stitch. The composition is the key.

Influences include Weegee, Jeffery Smart, Atget, Weston, Cartier-Bresson, Michael Ormerod , Egglestone, Callahan Steiglitz, and many more (This continually changes)
Enjoy!

  • Joined: June 2007

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One long term goal achieved

As it stands, I have had a proper darkroom operational at home for three weeks. / My patient partner has her laundry back with the plywood sheet unscrewed from the window frame and no chemicals in her cupboard. / I have a Devere 4×5 enlarger installed to do all three formats and have not sat and watched TV at all(not that there is much to see). / I can now get amongst 1100 negatives(4×5…
Posted over 3 years – 8 comments

new series

Have decided to reintroduce street photography into my life. / All images on Ilford 35mm HP5 scanned with minimal cropping. Camera is Olympus OM -1.
Posted over 3 years – 1 comments

Group Exhibition - "EVOKE"

All are invited to the Loft Gallery @ L1 , 253 Johnston St Abbotsford for a group exhibition featuring abstract works. / Artists include Kate Deacock, Kim Lawler, Susan Trigg, Becc Orszag, Mick Ferrier, Scott Lewis & Amanda Grant. / 6- 8pm.
Posted almost 4 years – 2 comments

exhibition soon

Hi all. / Listed for a group exhibition at the Loft Gallery in Johnstone St Collingwood, 16/07. / New gallery and good opportunities for all I think. / Check out www.loftgallery.com.au for details. / Exhibition will run till 1/08. / Take care. / Mick
Posted about 4 years – Leave a comment