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John Osmond

​Starting with the day my mother placed a Box Brownie in my hands when I was six years old, I’ve had a love of photography. Later helping my father in his darkroom, I learned about the volatilities of chemicals and the handling of negatives. In the early years I borrowed his Nikon FT2 before purchasing my first SLR, the Nikon FG. I captured family, friends, and the landscape around Albury/Wodonga.

 

My aspirations tend toward capturing the light in the landscape and conceptual photography. Whether on location or in the studio, form, texture, light, shadow, lines, and patterns come together to form the narrative of my photographs. 

 

Imperative to my work is the journey. It is the combination of so many things; being in the right place at the right time, even if it means leaving home before dawn and returning after dark. It is the concept of an image, research, and planning, finding form and texture, the balance of light and shadow, and a hard-won technique that facilitates the realisation of a job well done, a picture worth the effort.

 

Forming a style of my own, I take inspiration from some of the world’s greatest photography that include Ansell Adams, Edward and Brett Weston, Max Dupain, Francesca Woodman, Jerry Uelseman, Maggie Taylor, Jeff Wall, Rachel Talibart,, Christian Fletcher, Mads Peter Iverson, Thomas Heaton, Gavin Hardcastle, Adams Gibbs, Murray Fredericks, Richard White, Annie Leibovitz, David Yarrow, Nick Page, Thomas Heaton, Gavin Hardcastle, Lam Makmak, Mad Peter Iverson, Gregory Crewdson, Sue Ford, Brooke Shaden, Lynne Luxon-Jones, and Julia Anna Gospodarou.


Photography as art shouldn’t be about perfection. At the end of the day, it is about creating a visual narrative that resonates with myself as a photographer and those that view my art. I like the idea of perfect imperfection in my work. In-itself creating interest and adding to the story. Photography is about using tools, skills and knowledge to mould light and shadow into a finely crafted image.

 

In pursuit of an image, I am using various methods to achieve these goals. From using both digital single lens reflex cameras, to older 35mm film cameras and with a purposely purchased pin-hole 4x5” camera. Taking the images as they are or fine-tuning in Adobe’s Lightroom and Photoshop.

 

“You don’t take a photograph, you make it.” – Ansel Adams

john@jo-photography.com.au 

Phone: 0427 217 854

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