Our featured photographer for February gives us some insight into his world.
What brought you to the Bellingen Shire?
Friends, geographical location and nature.
Where did you live and work prior to coming to Bellingen?
I lived in New Zealand for my first 20 years, since then various places including South Australia, Victoria and NSW, mainly Sydney. I also spent two years travelling through Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, India, Nepal and Kashmir.
What is your best advice for young photograpers?
Collaborate with other photographers, something I’ve come to appreciate more over the past 5 years.
How would you describe your style/ your approach to your subject matter?
Natural and evolving, an emotional response to the subject rather than an intellectual one.
Has anyone or anything really influenced your style?
In the beginning, Henri Cartier Bresson for street photography and Ansell Adams for Landscape.
Best tip for a great photo?
Be aware of the quality of light and be prepared to return and reshoot.
Favourite photographic jobs ?
In retrospect, none really, professional work nearly always diluted my passion for photography.
I learnt that amateur is a beautiful word from the French, “lover of.”
Have you found your favourite subject matter in the Bellingen Shire?
Initially yes, Nature and Landscape was everything, now my love of Black and White photography has returned and the three areas I enjoy the most are street photography, bridges and Industrial landscapes, preferably decaying Industrial Landscapes.
I know you also like working with film. What is your favourite medium?
My film days are over but there is a certain quality to film that I still greatly appreciate. However digital photography is my current medium and the Digital Darkroom can be as fulfilling as the traditional darkroom.
Any exciting projects on the horizon?
This year a trip to Ireland, England, Scotland, Paris and Amsterdam should provide me with endless opportunities for Street photography.
How can Shire residents see examples of your work?
Visit my website www.timaickin.com.au