Robyn from Fine Arts Journal has a different sort of blog to the ones I normally introduce. She is like me in the reverse, I started putting up art things and slowly my blog became all about photography, whereas her blog seemed to be more about photography and now there is a lot more art on it. She has been spending a lot of time learning to paint sculpt, I hope that is right Robyn.
These images with the frost and the effect of it on things are something that really got my attention and I remember so vividly these images when she was doing them. She is also Australian, though in a different state, further north than me, but I couldn’t work out how she was getting great images of frost. We were not getting them down here, frost that is.
You know I asked her why she takes photos.
I think I need to.
As a young person and as soon as I had access to a camera, I took photos. Of course
I had no idea what I was doing and my photos were technically terrible, but I loved
My first camera was a 110mm cartridge film camera and I would use money I earned to have my films developed.
As a visual person, I love to record things I see.
I still have albums from those early days and look back over them sometimes.
The memories that these images bring are still alive today!
Moving forward to today.
In 2011, I undertook a year long Dark Room photography module as part of an Art
I wasn’t really looking to do Dark Room photography and I knew nothing about it!
But… this course took an interest in ‘taking photos’ and turned it into something I
have become very passionate about.
Photography satisfies the technical and artistic sides of my brain and it’s constantly a challenge for me to take a great photo… One I enjoy very much!
Recording places is important to me.
I want to record places (especially historical) for future generations in the hope that
my images and information, may be of use to someone at some time.
I enjoy seeing a place and then investigating it’s story.. and not necessarily in this
I ‘see’ with my camera.
She also does quite a few close up images, something that I seem to be really drawn to.
I haven’t met Robyn, but I have spoken to her a couple of times on the phone, yet another WordPress friend. The list is growing everyday.
I asked Robyn about her inspirations.
How do I work and what are my inspirations?
Sometimes for me, taking photos is a deliberate action – like taking a trip to a
specific place – but quite often a lot of my photography is spontaneous and is
inspired by something I see. I love to wander with my camera in hand.
I am particularly inspired by light and texture and really do love to look closer –
much closer – until I can ‘really see’ an object’s surface, texture and detail on a
minute level. It’s so inspiring!!
Sometimes an image will be, hopefully a great image and other times it will be the
spark that starts an idea for a painting. There are also many that are ‘just photos’ – part of my learning experience
I have a great love for Black and White photography after a year in the Dark Room.
I enjoy capturing Man-made objects – especially in Black and White – such as old
trucks and run down buildings.
I am very inspired by Max Dupain’s photography.
While I’m not currently practicing Dark Room photography ( I would definitely like to again in the future), the skills I’ve learned have carried across into my Digital
These days I use a few programs to ‘be my Dark Room’ and depending on what I
want my end result to be, this will determine which software I use.
I usually work between Paint Shop Pro and PhotoShop for processing… and
occasionally (but not too often these days), GIMP.
I enjoy experimenting in my Photography and Art and it’s only been the beginning of this year, that I’ve really decided that Photography and Painting are the mediums of choice for me and my Art Practice.
For me, these mediums work together and I’m very passionate about both!!
I love to learn and have much to learn and I do consider that a privilege.
My hope for the future is that I will continue to grow in my artistic endeavours… and always… that somebody else will be inspired along the way!!
There is a great variety of images on Robyn’s blog and you will see many things, though close ups and views like this are very popular. I like that she tries different things and will process them in different ways as well.
Her camera “I mainly use a Nikon D90 DSLR, but also have a small Panasonic Lumix LX3 that is very handy.”
There are quite a few paintings, sculptures and jewellery on her blog and it is worth going to take a look and see what she is up. It is always interesting to see someone who paints and does photography, what informs what?
A message from Robyn “My many thanks to Leanne for Introducing my blog, photography and art on her wonderful blog.” My response is, you are very welcome Robyn, thank you for allowing me to show your work like this.
I am going to put some images into a gallery now for you to take a look at. I would encourage you all to go and take a look at Robyn’s blog Fine Arts Journal, maybe say hello.