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And the LORD said to Moses, ‘I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name.’ Then Moses said, ‘Now show me your glory.'” (Exodus 33:14-18)
Who does not marvel at the complexity, diversity and beauty of life on our planet?
Who can comprehend a thousand light years or fathom the vastness of our universe?
I have never lost my childlike wonder.
God is daily revealing his glory through Creation even if there are no observers present to witness it. For me, landscape photography is an adventure to find these new, hidden wonders concealed within the wilderness and to present them as beautiful artistic compositions to those who might otherwise never get the chance to see them.
As a Christian, I do not take any credit for the beauty of the scenes I shoot, for it is the artwork of God. For this reason, although all digital photos must be computer processed in order to restore that which the camera does not adequately capture (for cameras are nowhere near as sophisticated as our eyes), I deliberately avoid “Photoshopping” my images into fantasy. My artistic ethos is far more akin to National Geographic photographers (who seek to present the natural world as it is) rather than much of the mainstream landscape photography world, which frequently uses reality as a basis to manipulate an image into varying degrees of artistic fantasy. Speaking as an artist, there is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way to develop an artistic image, for abstraction is as valid of an artistic style as realism. However, as a Christian landscape photographer, my goal is to present God’s artwork, not mine.
As you view my photos and read my reflections on them, I invite you to let your childlike wonder run free.
A Tasmanian bushwalking club, Boots ‘n’ All, has put together a very lovely and peaceful video of my Tasmanian wilderness landscape photography called “Spectacular Tasmania”. You can watch it here, or you can watch the high definition video here.
COVID – 19 UPDATE (September 2020):
Salamanca Market is up and running again but on a much smaller footprint, with shortened hours and with strict Covid-19 restrictions in place. I have not yet returned to Salamanca Market, but I am prayerfully considering returning before the end of 2020. Please contact me or visit the online store for any purchasing enquiries. Those in Tasmania have the option of free local pick up in Hobart.
Due to the catastrophic financial impact of Tasmania’s closed borders I am no longer selling my photography at “The Wood Guys” (Margate). Likewise, I have recently resigned from Off Centre Gallery (Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart). My landscape photography will remain in Off Centre Gallery until October 31, 2020. My final solo micro gallery exhibition of Tasmanian wilderness landscape photography will run from Friday, September 25 – Thursday, October 8, 2020.
On many Saturdays I have a stall at Salamanca Market in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, where I sell both my Christian artwork and Tasmanian wilderness landscape photography.
Weather permitting, I work live on my easel.
(I am usually found within the first 20 stalls down from Davey St., across from St. David’s Park.) If you would like to know exactly where I will be for a particular weekend, please Contact me.
Situated in the international port city of Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, Salamanca Market attracts up to 25,000 visitors each Saturday from scores of different nations on every continent. The open-air market runs every Saturday (8:30 am – 3 pm) year round and features 300+ stalls of Tasmania’s finest arts, crafts, woodwork, local produce, wines, etc. as well as local buskers and entertainers.