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This Blog is my Photography Sketchbook

Some people don’t understand the purpose of this website as my photography weblog. The paradigm we’re meant to follow is to hang out on Flickr and 500 Pixels with the in-crowd amassing large quantities of content, nurturing aspirations to greatness and following rock-star gurus with career motivational conferences that plot out paths to photography fame and fortune.

But I’m really not that kind of guy (or amateur photographer).

In a world where everybody carries a camera – and the still photograph is increasingly devalued – I like to make the occasional “well considered and theoretically sensible” photograph. I shoot some digital on my Nikon D90 – so I’m not a total film snob – but I also shoot 120 roll film on an old Zenza Bronica ETRS and a Holga 120n plastic camera, I shoot 135 film (aka 35mm) on a borrowed Fujica ST705w and I’ve recently acquired a Polaroid “Super Shooter” Land Camera that takes pack film. And no I don’t shoot film to be Richard Avedon or Cartier-Bresson… no. That’s just being a little absurd.

I make pictures to resolve the universe inside my own creative little head in a way that I don’t care to elaborate with strangers. And I do it in the same spirit that I talk to myself about whatever is going on inside that same skull; sing in the shower; skip rocks on water; or, enjoy washing dishes instead of employing a machine to wash them for me.

I enjoy making those pictures every now-and-then… nothing more, nothing less. I enjoy the process. I enjoy the magic of the slap of that Bronica’s large mirror in the street; or the way people look at me with a cheap Chinese plastic camera in a 21st Century suburban landscape.

I don’t aspire to shoot weddings. It would be a horror story in my particular end of the universe. I just like to create pictures. And every now and again I like to create something that might be worth framing and planting on my office wall for a few years. How’s that for ambition!

This weblog is purely a dynamic internet picture frame that I use as a passing sketchbook. It’s impermanent by design. Transient by nature. The entire concept is about a single image (or a limited number) being available on an ongoing basis before they fade back into our shared universal reality. It exists for the sake of creating a train window where you can all look in and see my miniature life as I look back outside to the landscape and the curious giant.

This is the world of Eadweard Muybridge – stopping time and destroying distance. What an incredible notion.

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Steven Clark Steven Clark - the stand up guy on this site

My name is Steven Clark and I live in the Derwent Valley in Southern Tasmania. I have an MBA (Specialisation) and a Bachelor of Computing from the University of Tasmania. I'm a mazer & a yeast farmer (making beer, fruit wine and mead as by-products of continuous improvement in my farming practices). I'm a photographer, although my film cameras are currently silent. I do not tolerate idiots. I do not tolerate bigotry. I do not tolerate excuses. Let's be clear, if you sit with my enemies you my are my enemy for life.

Blogger. Thinker. Brewer. Drinker. Life partner to the amazing and incredible Megan.

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