HDaRt

The foundations of my photographic art are firmly embedded in a world of colour, line, and shape. I take inspiration from vivid graphic novels of 1980s Japan, abstract film, off-beat scores, ancient history, streams of consciousness, empathy, sexuality, humanity, and solitude.

Associated texts have always helped to place my images mentally, with texts taken from my travel journals, personal observations, historical references, personal artistic interpretations, and even the occasional quotation. Use the menu to navigate to specific galleries, or check out a selection of my work below.

  • A View To A Chill
    A View To A Chill
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  • Four Elements
    Four Elements
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  • Monoliths
    Monoliths
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What is High Dynamic Range photography?

The human eye is so fantastically evolved for its purpose in life that any hope of matching its capabilities using a ‘man-made’ object is still seemingly far off in the domestic market. Our eyes can see detail in both shadows and highlights at the same time, or at least within a few microseconds of each other, and they adapt and respond so very quickly that we’ve forgotten just how clever they are before we’re even old enough to string a sentence together. A seemingly simple act to follow has spurred the creation of a myriad of techniques and technologies to replicate this innate ability, however, none are perfect.

An experienced photographer approaches a scene (non-studio) and starts the process of working out how best to capture the moment. We check camera settings, angles, composition, light, and subject-matter and then time slows down and we wait patiently for that moment to converge. If we’re patient, and perhaps a little lucky, we capture that moment within an acceptably satisfactory ‘range’. Very occasionally it’s even close to perfect. But the elements are generally unkind, and whether natural or man-made the photographer does battle with forces beyond their control on a daily basis. It’s this lack of control combined with an appetite for success that helps drive forward technological advancement to enable our medieval machines to match our natural ability to ‘see’.

High Dynamic Range (HDR) as a process is merely the combining of multiple images taken at the same moment, at the same aperture, but at differing shutter speeds. The result is that single moment combined using a set of different exposures. Once you combine the exposures you afford the viewer a glimpse of that moment rendered with a higher dynamic light range; the shadows now exhibit more detail where before there was only deep soulless black, and the highlights are now less blinding, allowing us to see what might really be there. Interweave this technical wizardry with the power of memory, imagination and passion and the artist can begin to recreate that moment the way it actually was. The way we saw it with our mind’s eye. HDR images can resemble traditional photographs if conservatively processed, but push that processing further and we begin to create distinctly artistic works where the boundary between the traditional photograph and unique artwork becomes blurred.

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