Painting, drawing and music performance were my youthful passions. However, these pursuits were largely put aside for a career in engineering.
I have always been drawn to the world of visual communication. As a young engineer I spent many years at the drawing board. Sketching and drawing the 3D built world is part of my DNA and working as an engineer in a creative architectural and interior design office for 25 years gave me a love of architectural visual arts.
Having taken photographs for more than 40 years, mainly as records of travel and family, I realised that photography could fill an artistic gap in my life following my retirement, allowing me to again become involved in visual expression and communication. I am now enthusiastically pursuing various genres in photography.
The idea of an image offering a visual suggestion, an illusion, rather than the image providing a fully detailed description or story of the particular subject, is for me, very evocative.
Human creations of all kind, particularly neglected human creations, present me with challenging opportunities for image making. I seek to encourage a visual curiosity and a contemplation of ordinary and everyday subjects that may normally be completely overlooked.
My images are untitled. Most have been made over the last 5 years.
Mike has gone from a ‘snipper’ (film and video editor) to a ‘snapper’. Throughout the 40 years of running a successful video Post Production business, he always had a camera with him as it was his relief valve, also importantly creative too, a quiet moment during 24/7 service industry. Always wandering the back roads, he seeks the other side of life, an odd moment, a funny lighter side of life... quirky juxtaposes from life’s rich stories. I like what Raghu Rai said...”I wait...(pointing skyward) and he performs”
Graeme is an architect who cut his teeth (and some film) with photography in the darkroom at the University of Melbourne Architecture School in the seventies. He is currently rediscovering this hobby which he had sidelined for many years whilst focusing on his professional career. He is particularly interested in applying some of the design elements of architecture gleaned from building projects, to photography.
Richard Gerraty is an amateur photographer in Melbourne. He came to digital late and still shoots film. His ten film cameras are not a collection: he uses them. But the convenience of digital camera with a moderate aperture and compact 28mm lens is also an ideal choice.
‘In life you are lucky to find something that really lights up your world, for me it has always been the place I disappear to when observing the world through my camera.’ Sally Coggle
Most people who have known Sally would think of her as an Art Director or Creative Director, her day and night job for the last 25 years. But if you dug a little deeper she might have told you about her passion for photography, travelling and her curiosity for people and their stories. Sally first picked up a camera when she was sixteen and pretty much straight away felt a connection to the place it took her. But this is where it stopped for a long time. More recently she has fallen in love all over again. Today she is rekindling the passion and beginning a new adventure. The still image can tell you so much and yet it often goes unnoticed. When frozen the precious moment lives forever. This is what I strive to find and hold onto.
Lou’s interest in photography began in his late teens, when with a group of friends he used to photograph racing cars at most of the Victorian Circuits.
Commitments of a young family, work as a Civil Engineer then as a Vegetable Grower curtailed major interest in photography until retirement.
The advent of digital cameras and ever developing software programs required a steep learning curve and has evolved into a passion which can be shared by exhibiting and publishing his images.
His primary interest is in the expanded landscape the built environment macro flower photography and more recently to portraits and in camera movement.
The camera is a natural extension of Chris May’s long career as a Designer and Art Director. For Chris sometimes the photograph is not always the search for perfect light or sharpness, it’s the coming together of figurative and textural elements that make an interesting whole. In early 2019, Chris was a finalist in the City of Melbourne’s competition ‘Snapped’ Our Changing Melbourne. Two of his images from this show are now in the Victorian Heritage Archive Collection. Chris May has been a founding member of Image Chasers since its inception in 2012.
As I have grown as a photographer I have also changed my view of reality as depicted by the photograph. We are in control of how we frame an image, what we choose to include and omit, and the stories that we want to convey. This may have nothing to do with the ‘reality’ of the situation in which the photograph was taken, and all starts with your vision of the final image.
Although I enjoy all genres of photography and like trying new techniques, my passion lies with street photography. It’s a form of photography that allows me to practice almost every day, embraces the unexpected, allows a certain amount of preparation, but then relies on chance, and always throws up surprises on image review (the great shot you did not know you took, subconsciously pressing the trigger because all the elements in the frame worked without you consciously making the decision. Intuition?) To this end I set myself a challenge last year to post one street photo each day to my Instagram feed only using my 35mm prime lens. This has been a great experience and is almost a meditative space for me, which I look forward to everyday.
I have also learned to look for the abstract in everyday life, the play of light and shadow, and the isolation of colour. This stems from how I like to capture my street images, but spreads into all the work I do, and some of this can be seen in my Queen Victoria Market (QV) series.
My most recent adventure has been delving into alternative photographic techniques. I’ve started with the cyanotype process and some of my images are included here. The most appealing thing about this process is the uncertainty of the end result. Every print you create is unique and cannot be duplicated. The hand of the artist is evident in every stage of the process, and there is great personal satisfaction when the final print is realised. The connection with an era of photographic discovery in our digital age is very rewarding.
So, this is where I am at the moment, passionate about my photography, hopefully improving my skills, and continuing to depict my version of reality through images.
Photography began as a hobby for David in his early years. Keen to pursue this hobby he studied at the then Melbourne Technical College (RMIT). At a young age he joined Kennith Ross Studios in Collins Street as a dark room apprentice and assistant to two portrait Photographers. Later he moved to Ritter-Jeppersen, which was a Commercial Studio, specialising in advertising and fashion photography. Around this time he became interested in movie photography.
That was it; he was smitten. David travelled to the UK to pursue his newfound passion and as luck would have it, he joined the BBC Film Department at Ealing Studios. David became a trainee assistant cameraman in film. At this point his life just took off. The World was his oyster. He became a senior cameraman, otherwise known as Director of Photography.
After some years he left the BBC to become a freelance filmmaker and was involved in documentaries, commercials and music films (Allegro Films) along with drama and the occasional feature film. Forty years later he retired and returned to Melbourne. Odd as it may seem, still photography is again his hobby, but with a difference. Rather than a darkroom and all that that entails, he is fascinated by the digital world of photography. It’s given him a new voice
Tony was interested in photography as a teenager and printed black-and-white analogue photos in his bathroom. Now, after studying and working for 54 years, he has retired and returned to photography. He enjoys taking digital photographs while walking around Fitzroy and is taking part in his first exhibition.
Lindsay has been absorbed by the thrill of taking photos since his teens. There have been many cameras and other equipment acquired over years of activity. The journey also included the additive aromas of developer and fixer as images appeared like magic in the dark room converted from his Mother’s laundry.
A busy working life in financial markets has kept the pursuit of this love mainly to family and travels. However, with the advent of digital capture and related technology the desire to explore photography as an art form is now well and truly exciting the senses. As the working life begins to slow down the world of art is awakening. And the pursuit is continuing to be a source of fun, adventure and creativity. The opportunity to meet and travel the journey with like-minded souls proves to be an added pleasure.
Jonathan examines the everyday through a different lens and his photography uncovers unusual, overlooked or hidden perspectives. He is fascinated by found or discarded objects and their relationship to contemporary living. Lately he has been exploring reflections and distortions of light and the intricate patterns and new dimensions this uncovers in nature and cityscapes.
My first photographic endeavour was an attempt to capture kangaroos in the bushland behind our house with a Box Brownie. Unsuccessful to say the least, but the love of capturing images was born. My photographic equipment slowly improved over the years, as did my results (thankfully). Being a natural sticky-beak I soon realised that if I was carrying a camera my inquisitiveness was awarded some legitimacy. This afforded access to places where my presence might otherwise be regarded with suspicion.
My love of wandering the streets both at home and in other lands has provided me with copious opportunities for making images of life and the landscapes in which they are lived. I love the quirky small details found in the prosaic.I also relish the solitude and quiet contemplation of traditional landscape photography. I have found it a very difficult task to select just a few representative images from my collection to present on this site as I think I must be an indiscriminate image junkie. In one way or another I have explored just about every photographic genre and cliche there is. While there is breath being drawn I will find photographs to take.