Guy Havell - M.Photog Gold Bar 1 | APP Master Photographer
*AIPP Australian Professional Landscape Photographer of the Year 2018 - Finalist
I'm an (AIPP) Australian Institute of Professional Photography accredited Master Photographer specialising in Fine Art Landscape, Documentary Landscape and Built Environment Photography utilising both digital and analog platforms. My philosophy is to work alone with my own ideas and thoughts to produce images in the traditional method preferably with a single exposure and minimal post-production in order to maintain the reality, pay respect to, and try to accurately represent the original scene. I'm not interested in adopting social media trends, computer generating images or inserting myself into a landscape photograph in the name of artistic expression or self promotion. I’ll leave that to others. I’d describe myself as a photographer, not a digital artist and I'm interested in creativity in reality, not in fakery.
Guy Havell APP M.Photog. I
Social Media - My opinion, thoughts and observations The good, the bad and the discraceful.... I'll keep it brief, honest and straight to the point. “Like” it or not, these are my words and opinions only.
Not everyone is into social media and as a private person and an introvert I find it an invasion of privacy, mentally draining and sometimes quite annoying to be honest. I do however acknowledge that sometimes it can provide useful, helpful information to others. I prefer to live my life and EVOLVE my photography in a private manner by minding my own business which could be considered strange in today’s narcissistic, privacy invading, attention seeking world. As primarily a landscape and built environment photographer, I use social media because it's a necessary evil in order to get exposure but I will never try to mislead the viewer, stage images or make a landscape image all about me in the desperate search to be "liked". As a photographer I don't care less about popularity and I'm not motivated by it and I would certainly not allow myself to be constrained by it. My photography is first and foremost about respecting and recording the environment, it’s not about enhancing my popularity. The so called "influencers" or Instagrammers who break the law, risk their lives and vandalise sensitive areas all to show off or promote themselves or products I have no respect for. The fact that people are losing their lives trying to satisfy their insecurities in the never ending quest for popularity is a sad and pathetic.
I prefer to admire the work of genuine people and genuine creatives that produce original, meaningful, thought provoking imagery without having to rely heavily on post production and if they do, they are open and transparent to the public and their clients with their disclosure. It's called ethics. I also gain inspiration from the quiet achievers in the photography world with low followings many of whom consistantly produce outstanding photography far superior to almost anything else out there both technically and creatively but don't care to seek the limelight and just go about their craft in a quiet and respectful fashion with lots of passion. I admire the photographers that are always trying new things by taking artistic risks and not worried about protecting their social media profile. I admire the photographers that push the limits with their own ideas and not just copy others. I admire the photographers that work long and hard in the field in tough conditions to make new unseen images, and if they don't work out, they go back relentlessly until they do. I admire the photographers that aren't at all influenced by social media trends, don't sook about low engagement, respect the law and the environment and just get on with it. Because the real world isn't always pretty and glorified, and in the real world “likes” mean nothing...
*ALPA 12 STC technical camera
*Phase One IQ260 medium format digital back
*Linhof Super Rollex medium format 6x9 film back
*Rodenstock/ALPA HR Alpagon f5.6/23mm LB Copal 0 lens
*Rodenstock/ALPA HR Alpagon f4.0/40mm SB17 Copal 0 lens
*Rodenstock/ALPA HR Alpagon f5.6/70mm SB17 Copal 0 lens
*Schneider/ALPA Apo-Helvetar f5.6/120mm Aspheric SB34 Copal 0 lens
*Gitzo 3532L Systematic Tripod
*Gitzo 3541 Systematic Tripod
*Arca - Swiss C1 Cube geared head + Fliplock
*ALPA / Linhof 3D Micro geared head
*Fotoman 6x17 medium format panoramic film camera + Schneider Super-Angulon f5.6/90mm lens
*Fuji X-Pro 1
*Canon 5D2 + Lenses
+accessories too numerous to list