Biography

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” toย me and my first serious camera, a 35 mm film camera, in my late teens.

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Built in the fifties, original and unrestored with some parts still in working order ๐Ÿ™‚ 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. โœˆ

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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 Iโ€™ve had a chance to work with my images. So thereโ€™s a sort of feedback loop already going on in my head when Iโ€™m looking around and taking pictures.โœˆ

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What the camera sees is one thing what my mindโ€™s eye sees is another thing entirely. What Iโ€™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 Iโ€™ve downloaded my images which brings me on to processing (hate the term), for me, by far the most important and exciting part.โœˆ

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A while back I stumbled across the perfect description for my type of work โ€œPaintographyโ€ 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 Pandoraโ€™s box of artistic possibilities, such a large box that even after some years Iโ€™m very much still discovering and experimenting with new things.โœˆ

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“Painterly” – relating to or characteristic of painting or painters.

๐ŸŽจ”Paintography” ๐Ÿ“ท – 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)

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