With 2014 rapidly winding up, our forums weekly competition Quick Shooter has finished for another year. The final winner is our very talented member David Gordon, we asked him a few questions to learn a bit more about his photography.
- How long have you been a keen photographer, and what got you started?
My father use to be a press photographer for the Christchurch Star – long before I was a twinkle in his eye. When I was about 8 years old he built a dark room in the back of our house and I started by mucking around in there. He had an old and very heavy Leica that I use to grab from time to time – I’ve now had a camera in my hand for over 40 years.
- What is the biggest inspiration for your photography?
Probably around the time I first joined the original Photo Art Gallery I started to see photography as an art form. Whilst I still like to take the traditional landscape and wildlife photos I really do push myself to creative artistically. So my inspiration is trying to find something beautiful, or colourful in an ever day scene that other just don’t see – until they see what I’ve taken. I don’t believe in over processing photos so I try to capture the art inside the camera then maybe “Tweak” it on the computer (don’t even have a copy of Photoshop or light room).
- Have you found Quick Shooter useful over the past year?
I have always loved Quick Shooters – been entering for quite a few years now. I hang out for Friday to see what the topic will be. Before I even leave work on Friday I’ve got ideas floating about my head as to how I will try to interpret the theme. Some of my best works (and biggest sellers) have come from trying to be inventive with Quick Shooters. So – yes, very useful!!!
- Where can we see your work?