Today I have another Australian Photographer to introduce to you. I haven’t known Paul Sheringham for long, but when I started noticing his work on the reader I knew I had to follow his blog Paul Sheringham’s Nature and Landscape Photography. I haven’t been disappointed and really enjoy seeing his photos as he does new posts. I am sure you will enjoy it as well.
If you love the coast, the ocean, the clouds, and the beautiful colours then I know you are going to love Paul’s work. He lives on the mid north coast of New South Wales, Australia, and according to him, “a beautiful stretch of coast and bushland” and I think looking at his work you would agree with him.
While we tend to think of the coast as being all about the water, sometimes it can be all about the rocks. They can be the stars in coastal images and I think the above image really shows that.
I asked Paul how long he had been taking photos for.
Since about 1980, when I got my first SLR a Yaschica XD. More seriously from about 1995, when I owned my first Canon EOS film camera. I bought my camera with the view of taking photos of wildflowers, I had a dream to write flora field guides for some of the National Parks I visit. In 2003, I really embraced seascape photography, as a way of dealing with some serious health problems I was going through. Unfortunately several more years were wiped out by ill health, and when I returned photography, and dusted off my camera gear the digital age was upon us.
I made the switch to digital about seven years ago. Digital has been a great way to improve my photography, and develop techniques in both landscape and macro photography. I like the immediacy of digital, where you can see results straight away, of what works and what doesn’t, and learn by experimentation by trial and error. That was not as easy with film, once the 36 roll of film was spent there was no more opportunity, and I needed to wait until the film was developed before I could see what the results were.
I’ve recently invested in Creative Cloud, and am learning techniques in Photoshop CC, that help capture what I saw with own eyes while taking the photo. At a workshop in Tasmania, I learnt that tools such as Photoshop are like the new darkroom, to help better capture what the human eye can see.
What are photos of the ocean and the coast without images with sunsets and sunrises. I suspect because of his location many are sunrises. I could be wrong. I love the colours in the sky and then the way they are reflected into the water logged sand.
I asked Paul why he takes photos.
1) Photography is the best form of mindfulness I know. When I go to take photos my thoughts become lost in what is before me and I lose myself in play as I did as a child. A sunset or a sunrise is like a wonderful show, of light, detail, colour and sound, and when it ends it is as if the curtain has gone down of the most amazing performance, and I must leave and re-enter a world more ordinary.
2) Photography is a way I can communicate with the world something that comes from a good/ creative place inside, maybe the best part of me. Quite simply, photography of the natural world is a joy to me. And if someone else enjoys my photos, it feels wonderful that I have been able to communicate the joy and peace I feel when I take photos. And I leave the images and words as a record on my blog, it is my truth recorded somewhere, a story that might otherwise be untold.
His love of photographing flowers is there on his blog, though I can see that seascapes did take over. It is nice to see some other things and see how well he also photographs them too. I like flowers, so I enjoy seeing these as well.
Next I asked him about inspiration.
The natural world, the beaches and headlands, the clouds, the tides, the infinite detail of wildflowers revealed through the macro lens, the ever changing signatures and patterns of this earth that amaze me. This earth inspires me its fortunate observer. Other photographers inspire me, kindred spirits who also love the natural world, who like to create in both words and images. Photography helps me to observe and that filters into my writing as well. The images inspire me to write down what I see, hear and smell. For me writing and photography go together.
Going through Paul’s blog there are lots of photos of the coast, some flowers, and then every now and then something different and a little bit surprising. I’m sure you will agree with me. Fireworks are very hard to photograph and he has done a great job with this.
I asked if there was anything special about the way he worked.
What is special is the headlands and beaches I visit where I find peace sitting there camera before me. A finite, once in a lifetime experience, I realise how lucky I am to have this opportunity. Sometimes I see things that make me feel so glad to be alive, and can help me beat the severe anxiety I suffer from. Nature is a great big healing force that comes to soothe me at times of stress.
I couldn’t agree more with what Paul just said about the beaches and headlands, though his are far from me, but I do enjoy visiting those close to me and I believe I also live close to a very unique area as well. Still I get a lot of inspiration from his work.
Paul shared what he gear he uses with us.
Canon EOS 5d Mark III, Canon 16-35mm lens, Canon 100mm macro lens, Canon 70-300mm zoom lens, Lee ND grey graduated filters, Manfrotto Tripod, Canon MR14-ii Ring Flash.
I really enjoy looking at Paul’s work and I would like to thank him for giving me permission to introduce him to you here. I would invite you all to go and take a look at his blog, Paul Sheringham’s Nature and Landscape Photography. First I am going to show you some more of his images in a gallery, I am sure you will love them too.