Sometimes you just never know when you will find a persons work that really appeals to you. I have known Christine Wilson, or know of her work for a while, but recently when I started my Flickr account, she started following me. As you do when someone follows you, especially if you know them, you go and take a look at their Flickr page, and as soon as I saw it, I thought, I must see if Christine will give me permission to feature her work here on one of my Introductions posts. Which, I think you will have gathered she has.
One of the first things you notice about her work, on her blog, on her Flickr page, and various other places, is that it is all black and white. As I went through much of her work I think I only saw a couple of colour images and they did seem out of place among all the monochrome work. It is great to find a photographer who works almost completely in B&W.
How long have you been taking photos for?
I’ve always taken photos ever since I can remember, but I guess I got more serious about it in about 1990 when I bought my first SLR – a Pentax P30 N which I still have. I was taught by a friend to use the darkroom and did this for a few years before I had children . I did my own black and white prints.
Why do you take photos?
The main reason I take photos is to document our times, which is why I do a lot of street photography as well as landscapes. I also want to leave behind something for the next generation and the generations after that , first for the family and 2nd for anyone else who maybe interested.
When you look at the address for her blog, it looks like it was called Ambient Capture, which I think sums up her work perfectly. There is a quiet ambiance in it. I have spoken before how I like quiet work, and Christine’s work is certainly like that for me. There is a softness about it, something very quiet.
What is your inspiration?
I love the light and how it effects our every day which is why I do black and white mostly, the scene is uncluttered without colour, and textures and the form of things stands out a lot more.
There is a timeless quality to her work as well. Even though many of the things might have only been taken recently there is something about the images that gives them a timeless aspect. Perhaps it is the black and white that does that, but I do find it very appealing.
Is there anything special about the way you work?
Nothing special about the way I work although I often can’t process from a shoot straight away it may take weeks before I am happy with a shot or shots from an excursion or shoot. I use Lightroom first and then final editing in Photoshop.
For me, one of the inspirational things I am finding is that she is showing me parts of Melbourne I didn’t know about, so I will be asking lots of questions, though there are images from New Zealand as well, she said she was originally from there, but as many images are from around here, it will be nice to talk to another Melbourne based photographer. Look out Christine, lots of questions coming your way.
What gear do you use?
My eyes glaze over when talking gear, I hate gear talk, I have very basic equipment Nikon 5100 with 18-55, 55-200 and a prime Nikon 1.8 along with my film SLR which I rarely use and a D40X as a backup camera. The camera is a tool only.
I also thought many of you, myself included would find her work so inspiration, give you lots of ideas for what you can do for Monochrome Madness each week.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Christine for giving me permission to feature her work here on my blog. She has provided me with a heap of links where you can also find her work.
I hope you will all go and look at her work, see if you can get some inspiration as well. I am rethinking my photography and how I should consider doing more black and white, perhaps.
Thank you Christine. Here is a gallery with more work.