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Gary Austin is a professional artist based in Little Eaton, Derbyshire, GB with a relaxed, friendly approach specialising in stylish contemporary art photography.

 

Fine Art Photography

An award-winning street photographer & photojournalist, with a varied career over 30 years working as a freelance photographer which has ranged from photojournalism to commissioned work and fine art projects.
 
With a professional background in photojournalism and a degree in art photography, his photographic voice has evolved as a blend of traditional photojournalism and street aesthetic, an approach which allows for the subjective interpretation of the story as an artist. He has a unique personal style that produces strong photographs full of drama, spontaneity, and natural raw energy and emotion.
 
 

Artist Statement

Lighting from a small flash is a technique that I often use in my photography, as a way of highlighting the importance of the subject and separating them from distracting or less important details while giving depth to the image or showing texture and detail.

The renaissance masters lit their portraits with artificial light and painted in the effect of Chiaroscuro, (which means light-dark) a technique referring to the exaggeration of light and dark contrast.

Joseph Wright of Derby was such a painter using this effect while depicting the age of enlightenment and an international artist whose work I admire.  He was the first professional painter to record and express the industrial revolution and the people behind them, paintings that are not just art, but show the important history of that time.

Joseph Wright also painted a scene called the “Blacksmiths Yard” set in a ruined church which used to in the village I live in, this was one reason that prompted me to start my documentary project in the village, that, and my family history connected to it.

 

Art Project

Gary is currently working on "Father Sky - Mother Earth" a collection of stories about wild places, skies, weather, man, earth, wildlife, rocks, environment, pollution and climate change; focusing on the native way of being, which we as a species have opted out of in our contemporary societies.
 
 

Awards & Exhibitions

Foundry Gallery, London 2007 Group Exhibition on Protest that toured the UK

2010 University of Derby - Degree in Fine Art Photography BA

Anxiety of influence, Derby UK 2010 (Received the Format Award 2011)

Format International Photography Festival 2011

Magnum Street Photography Workshop Projection and print exhibition during the Format Festival 2011 (led by Bruce Gilden and Magnum)

 

Honours
80 Google+ Photographers users need to follow – Jarek Klimek, Photo Extract Photography Magazine

 

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