Guy Havell - M.Photog Gold Bar 1 | APP Master Photographer
*2018 AIPP Australian Landscape Photographer of the Year - Finalist
These are my words only.
I'm an (AIPP) Australian Institute of Professional Photography accredited Master Photographer specialising in Fine Art Landscape, Documentary Landscape and Built Environment Photography in 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 following social media trends or computer generating images to create a story 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 popularity.
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.
Not everyone is into social media and as an introvert I find it an invasion of privacy and mentally draining. I prefer to live my life and work on my photography in a private manner by minding my own business which could be considered strange in today’s privacy invading, attention seeking world. As primarily a landscape and built environment photographer, I use social media as it's a necessary evil in order to get my work out there but I will never try to mislead the viewer, stage images or put myself into the frame in the desperate search to be "liked". As an artist I don't care about popularity and I'm not motivated by it. My photography is about respecting and recording the landscape, it’s not about me. The Instagram photographer seems to be more concerned with being popular than being original which is a sad reflection of a largely vacuous self-absorbed modern society. Consistantly posting the same "Insta" proven style of image for "likes" is a creativity killer, and so is shooting cheesy cliches.
I prefer to admire the work of real landscape and nature photographers that produce original, creative, thought provoking and real 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. 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. I admire the photographers that aren't "influenced" by social media trends, don't sook about low engagement, respect the law and the environment and just get on with it.
*ALPA 12 STC technical camera
*Phase One IQ260 medium format digital back
*Linhof Super Rollex medium format 6x9 film back
*Fotoman 6x17 medium format panoramic film camera + Schneider Super-Angulon f5.6/90mm lens
*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
ALPA / LINHOF 3D Micro Levelling Head
Acratech GP Ballhead
GITZO 3532L / GT3541 Systematic Tripods
SEKONIC L 358 Light Meter + 1 Degree spot meter