Yanni is a well known and respected photographer and digital artist, living on the Mornington Peninsula – Victoria, Australia.
He has been capturing and documenting life and events on camera for three decades ever since his father gave him an old Pentax film SLR camera in 1982 .
From stunning landscapes and amazing thunderstorms to the endangered bird life and wild dolphins in Port Phillip Bay, Yanni’s work has been published in major Australian newspapers, magazines, posters and international novels and photo books. His award winning images have been exhibited in art and photographic shows all around Victoria, Australia.
Yanni has studied photography and art extensively over the years but has always maintained that technical knowledge is useless without the ability to create an image, that tells a story or conveys an idea or emotional response.
Having worked with traditional film formats, creating prints from negatives and using the now rare chemical darkroom, Yanni was able to understand how a photograph was created, thus giving him complete control over the final product. By knowing how a camera worked he could produce the exact image he imagined and when he aquired his first digital SLR at the end of the nineties, it opened up an even greater world of artistic possibilities.
Yanni has been creating digital art since the late nineties, from his graphic designs and collages to the complex photo realism of his sci fi / fantasy art.
Yanni has worked as a photo journalist in local suburban newspapers since 1997 and has found this style of photography the most rewarding. Some of the best experiences have been when he has photographed an event or created images to support a local cause. Yanni loves getting to know people before he photographs them – finding inspiration in the human face. In this he also sees himself as a historian, and loves the interaction with the community. “You get to know and understand the community you live in a lot better , by sharing and capturing moments of people’s lives”.