Helen started her interest with photography in 2003. It quickly became apparent that it wasn’t going to be just a passing phase – her passion continuing on with a craving for knowledge and the urge to learn all aspects of photography. She set about teaching herself the technique and art of photography. Learning from magazines, books and the Internet, she is completely self-taught.
With her love for the natural world and the diversity of the British Isles which had already featured hugely as her inspiration – it became a natural step for Helen to focus her lens on the landscape and its surroundings.
The power of David’s photography lies in its simplicity and he has been able to capture beauty in both living and dying flowers. A keen botanist, the majority of David’s flower portraits come from specimens grown and picked from his own garden. Using large and medium format cameras with the aid of natural daylight his photographs capture the most intimate and subtle details of each flower.
Over the last four years David has published three limited edition hand made books and portfolios that form part of the’ Expressive Flower Series’, beautifully hand bound, these books merge David’s love of poetry, flowers and photography in one art form. David is represented by a number of galleries in the U.K and U.S and has exhibited his work widely and is included in numerous private and corporate collections.
David has been learning alternative photographic for the past 10 years. He teaches workshops in cyanotype and platinum printing with digital negatives and was the first person to do so in the U.K. For further information click here
Dawn Heumann Photography I grew up barefoot and free spirited among the Northern California redwoods, vibrant Balinese back streets, and lush Hawaiian junglescapes. Over the span of my childhood, my parents made travel films for a living. Joining them on many of their journeys was a young, bright-eyed blond with a rapidly growing conceptual understandings of the world – me. I watched then, as I do now, the way my father would chase the sun’s golden rays. I remember clearly the early, early mornings when we had to rise as children to go hunt for that first morning light. The way he looked at the world then, has taught me to see it now, through a photographic lens.My curiosity about the world, fashioned from the many years of travel I experienced as a child, drove me to gain my undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Religion.
My pursuit of these fields was born from a determination to grasp the hugeness of the world and the oneness of the cultures I had observed, within it, as a child. After I graduated, with my BA in 2007, I bought my first SLR camera, and traveled for two years with it as my companion. The photos I produced during those years, and the happiness that came from being behind the camera, gave me the drive to return to San Francisco in the spring of 2009 to pursue a Masters Degree in Photography at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.My experience of the world, in a way unique only to someone born into such fortune of exploration, compassion and wonder, has driven my quest to give back to this ever beautiful and ever suffering world in which I live. My parents, two people who have succeeded in creating a world for themselves that never dims, even for an instant, encouraged me to do the same. I was told, from my very first days, that I not only could do anything and be anyone I wanted to be, but that, in fact, it was my duty to do so.
The photographs I take and the images I make strive to play their small part in changing this world for the better.As a portrait photographer, a documentary photographer or a fine art photographer, I seek to capture the beauty in each moment, in each expression and each forgotten place.
Your work, more than any photographer I can think of, seems to bridge the gap between night photography and “daylight” (for want of a better term) photography. You move freely between situations, time and light constraints, yet you still seem to incorporate the nocturne and its sense of mystery into much of your work. Because of this, you’ve not been pigeonholed as a Night Photographer, your audience has grown and I believe you have advanced night photography, it’s aesthetic qualities and concerns by a wide margin. Are you still a night photographer at heart?
[Laughs] Night and day are one and the same, they are parts of the whole. I can happily photograph during the day or night or dawn or dusk. I like to photograph at any time and there are qualities about every time of the day and night which should be appreciated, so I try to move in and out at will. There was a period when I was starting out, when I could have been called a Dawn photographer. Then I became a Day photographer, next I became a Night photographer, and now I suppose I am an Anytime, All time, Every time photographer [laughs.] I found that working at night I learned much that I could then bring into the day. Working again during the day I discovered elements that I could then take back into the night. Confining myself to one particular area or one particular time period is, I think, self limiting. In general, I look for “timeless” imagery, which could be taken at night, during the day, at dusk, or dawn.
Andrew Brooks is a photographer, a digital artist and film maker living and working in Manchester, northwest England.
His visual palette draws its inspirations from analogue reality, the contemporary urban surroundings in which he lives and works or the natural world that he escapes into.
“The crucial element to my work is atmosphere…. No matter how much digital application is going on, the atmosphere and feel of a picture is always the most important thing.”
Andrew’s creative process often results in capturing hundreds of images to create a complete work. Then, a meticulously developed sequence of cut, paste and rebuilding, moulding a new scene from his own vividly re-imagined viewpoint that is consistent, yet also a parallel with that of the perceived reality it represents.
The images that emerge depict starkly beautiful urban scenes, empty but for the hollowed-out shells of buildings; cities suspended in the stars, imagined urban environments and serene pastoral scenes of the British countryside, seemingly real and at the same time untruthful in their vivid beauty.
Sophie Thouvenin is a French photographer based in Paris.Since the age of 16, photography has been her passion. With macro-photography, she discovered her own way to express what she felt about nature and the world around her. Her style is recognised as being very sweet, playing with blurs and a shallow depth of field. During the last 10 years, she has held exhibitions around the world, and her work has been published in magazines, books, postcards, posters, CD covers, etc.