Influencing Me – Peter Eastway
Last week I mentioned the idea of doing some photographers, and what a surprise, a lot of you thought that was a great idea. So today I want to introduce you to Peter Eastway, an Australian photographer and editor of the Better Photography magazine. He is also a photographer who has inspired me more than any other, I believe.
It was because of images like this that I wanted to take photos like him. It is an image done in the darkroom, but it has been manipulated. I believe the buildings were bleached, I can remember doing this myself, but I am sorry I don’t remember what the chemical was called. It could give you a great effect, but it could also be way overdone, and unlike photoshop, when it was over done, it meant starting again with a whole new image.
I remember reading about this image in the magazine and what was done to it. It is one of those images, that when you see the original, you think, hey that looks like the images I take, then you see what he has done to it. The final image takes it to a whole new level. You can see why I like this.
You know if you saw this for real, it wouldn’t look like this. This is so much better, I am sure. For me Eastway makes me think about the possibilities within the image. I ask myself more questions now and don’t just accept what the camera does.
I know there are quite a number of people out there that believe the image from the camera is the real image and you shouldn’t play with it. You definitely wouldn’t like Eastway’s photographs, but I hope you can see how truly stunning images can be.
I look at images like this and it always gets me thinking. I think about the images I have, and the images I want to take. I think about what Eastway does and can I do similar things to my images.
I don’t tend to think of Eastway as a photographer of architecture, more landscape, but I love how he does all things.
His magazine, Better Photography, often gives tutorials so you can learn how he does what he does. I spent many hours going over the magazines and learning everything I could. The magazine is going digital, so you could subscribed to it from anywhere in the world now. I have always thought it was the best photography magazine out there, and try never to miss it. I am an emerging member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) and it includes the magazine, though now I can only get it digitally and I haven’t worked out how that works at present.
For me Peter Eastway is simply the best, through his photography I have learned that there are so many possibilities and what you can do with photoshop is absolutely amazing. I now open an image, I look at it, then my mind starts thinking though all the possibilities of what can be done. I start playing, and end up, well, who knows.
So, when trying to work out what image of my own to show you that is influenced by Eastway it was hard, well, because they all are.
This one definitely. A boring image to start with and then slowly playing and playing until it turns into something completely different. The vignetting and gradient are definitely because of Eastway. The way he uses those to help focus your attention is brilliant and I use it a lot. I know you have noticed that.
This is not really an image you would see Eastway do, but, for me, it has been edited a lot and that means it is influenced by him. For me any image that tries to make you see more than the obvious and give you an image that makes you want to sing is influenced by him.
I did contact Peter before doing this post and I asked him if he had a favourite image, his response was “My favourite is the next one I take!!”.
There haven’t been a lot of photographers whose work I have loved and followed. I know that sounds snobbish, and it is changing, but for I have been a massive fan of Peter Eastway for around 15 years, and for me, he always does a great job. I hope you like his work as much as me.