‘A great camera can’t make a great photograph, anymore than a great typewriter can write a great novel’
Peter Adams, photographer (1959 – 2016)
Ian was a self taught photographer in his 20’s and after years of drawing from his childhood it was initially using his black and white prints to draw from that got him into photography. He really enjoyed the darkroom process which culminated in his becoming a freelance contributor to the photographic magazines back in the 90’s, in particular with Practical Photography magazine where he was the ‘darkroom expert’ for a while. Then digital kicked in and ne wasn’t interested but the publications were!
Digital photography has progressed sufficiently since those early days to open new opportunities in photographic techniques. One in particular Ian practices is known as ‘bokehrama’s’, a multi shot image to create extra shallow depth of field, sometimes up to 50 shots stitched together to create one image..
Until last year Ian had always worked in pre-press in the print trade in Northamptonshire, but he took voluntary redundancy and realised his dream to live in Scotland after 25+ years driving here once or twice a year and having to take whatever the weather threw at him. Now he has the luxury of picking and choosing his moments to get out!
Ian runs run The Shed Gallery in Kinloch Rannoch selling his photographic work from the area.
He has had work commended and published in The Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year and recently one of his images was awarded runner-up in the landscape category of The Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year and another commended in the ‘Your vision’ category, the latter using his bokehrama technique.