For the last quarter century I’ve had a passion for photography and for sharing with others a view of the world from behind my lens. At the start of this year, with the support of friends and family, that passion has become a career with the launch of my own website.
I grew up in Florida, learning the art of photography on a Canon AE-1 that served me well for many years, this gave me the tactile pleasure that shooting and developing film brings and created an unbreakable bond between me and cameras.
As a child in the US it was impossible not to be inspired by the amazing pictures from the great photographers such as Ansel Adams and Minor White. Their work planted in me a seed of desire that would later grow into an irresistible need to travel the world and share incredible sights with others through the medium of photography.
My photographic journey has been as long and varied as my physical journey and I constantly find new sources of inspiration from other photographers as I come across their work. Often their images and techniques encourage me to try new things for myself and to take more risks in the way I present my images to the world at large. Lately this has manifested itself in experimenting with HDR photography after seeing the stunning work of photographers such as Trey Ratcliff and Elia Locardi.
I find myself drawn to the myriad panoramas on offer in the world around me, regardless of whether these are part of the natural world or man-made creations rising up from the ground. Most of my photography is based on capturing these landscapes and producing images, with a little help from my digital darkroom, that recreate the atmosphere of my surroundings as well as conveying the range of emotions I’m going through at the time. I sincerely believe that the ‘feeling’ of the picture is as important as the ‘look’ and that the most immersive images are those where the viewer gets caught up in the emotion of the moment the shutter button was pressed.
In my work I try to encourage people to see the world from different angles and to find beauty in whatever they see in the hope that my photographs inspire others to follow in the footsteps of so many generations before them.
Thank you for taking the time to learn about me and to explore my website, please let me know your thoughts by signing my Guestbook.
EXHIBITION and HONORS:
"Visions of Australia"
Mr. Burch Cafe
129 McKinnon Road, McKinnon, Victoria
"Australia - A Land of Contrast"
Kingston Arts Centre
979 Nepean Highway, Moorabbin, Victoria
38th Chelsea Art Show, L.F. Payne (Chelsea) Hall, Station Street, Chelsea
Gala Opening: 7th June
Viewing and Sales: 8-10 June, 2013
* Published image in Plus One Collection for Google Plus 2012
* Third place winner on Imaging Resource POTD - January 2013
* Third place winner at Camera House, Australia - January 2013
* Best of 2012 Covershot Exhibition held at Michael's Camera - February 2013
* Three images chosen for the cover of the Victorian Bayside Edition of the Yellow Pages - February 2013
* Kingston Lens Mist Awards & Exhibitions - Highly Commended Award and shortlisted 20 of 300 images - March 2013
© Shari Mattox Photography