Steve is a professional photographer who specialises in producing creative & contemporary landscape and travel images. His photographs have been published internationally illustrating posters, cards, books, magazines, newspapers & calendars. His fine art prints have been widely exhibited and have also appeared on sets for both theatre & film productions.
His work has also won many awards – for example, his landscape images have been successful in the UK’s ‘Black & White Photographer of the Year’ competition and for the last 3 years he has had images shortlisted in the prestigious international “B&W Spider Awards”, achieving an Honourable Mention in 2016.
He enjoys writing & teaching about photography and frequently gives talks on landscape photography to photographic groups in the UK and abroad. He is also a regular contributor to many of the major photography magazines in the UK as well as a growing number of overseas titles. He has run a successful workshop programme for several years in locations across the world from Iceland to Antarctica, encouraging and inspiring photographers of all levels.
As well as working closely with Phase One (for whom he is a Fieldwork Professor) and Lee Filters, Steve is an Ambassador for Olympus, Manfrotto/Gitzo tripods & Permajet inkjet papers.
Presentation 1: Hyperbole, Exaggeration & Distortion
In this presentation I provide an insight to my philosophy, my beliefs and the principles that underpin my work. In it I talk about the importance of emotion in photography, about how photographs should be less about technical perfection and more about communication and how we photographers should be true to our vision & not constrained by desires to please others with our images.
I will show examples of my monochrome landscape images drawn from my recent work and use them to support my presentation as well as talk about specific images (why I took them, what I was trying to communicate etc).
Presentation 2: The Nature of Creativity
I believe that the true source of creativity is in our heads; it’s a mindset, a philosophy, a way of thinking & a way of seeing the world. So whilst we can talk about techniques and approaches this is like scattering seeds on barren, untilled soil if the recipient is not receptive to the messages. So for example, learning how to use a toy camera or soft focus filter doesn’t, on its own, make someone a creative photographer.
So in this talk I cover: –
- firstly, my definition of what creative photography is;
- secondly to answer the question, ‘can we all be creative?’; and then
- finally to describe a number of practical strategies that I have used to develop my creativity that hopefully others can apply to their own practice.
The images shown are drawn from the wide range of work that I do – landscapes, travel, floral etc.