My fascination with computer graphics began about 35 years ago with some software that I got on a free floppy disk on the cover of a computer magazine and ever since then I’ve been hooked. I’ve come a long way since then, the software that I use is now much more sophisticated but my enjoyment hasn’t in any way diminished. I got my first camera at the age of 9, a battered old twin-lens reflex camera which my grandfather “loaned” to me and my first serious camera, a 35 mm film camera, in my late teens.
Built in the fifties, original and unrestored with some parts still in working order 🙂 and living in London UK I am a self-taught “paintographer”. I take photographs because I really enjoy photography. I endeavour to create digital art because I LOVE art. I also love to travel whenever I get the opportunity and landscapes are my favorite subject. ✈
For me there are only a few things that are of prime importance in a camera and lenses. They have to be small, light, well built, reliable and take well exposed and sharp images. The thing that I most enjoy about photography is finding subjects/locations and imagining how they might look when I’ve had a chance to work with my images. So there’s a sort of feedback loop already going on in my head when I’m looking around and taking pictures.✈
What the camera sees is one thing what my mind’s eye sees is another thing entirely. What I’m always searching for in a scene are aspects such as perspective, textures, compositional elements and lighting etc. and well beyond that how I can work with these when I’ve downloaded my images which brings me on to processing (hate the term), for me, by far the most important and exciting part.✈
A while back I stumbled across the perfect description for my type of work “Paintography” some years after I stumbled into it completely unaware that there was such a thing. I guess this is where the photographer in me stops and my artistic side takes full-rein if indeed one can separate one from the other. Put simply, this is the point where I have complete artistic freedom to explore and mix different techniques and open the lid on a Pandora’s box of artistic possibilities, such a large box that even after some years I’m very much still discovering and experimenting with new things.✈
“Painterly” – relating to or characteristic of painting or painters.
🎨”Paintography” 📷 – A combination of Digital Photography and Digital Painting This is more than editing a photograph, it includes actual digital painting segments in the same work of art, generally on canvas. Artists using digital photography as a basis for a digital painting are doing paintography.” (urban dictionary)