For years I rode by scene after scene in this wonderful country of ours only to focus on the road or the next corner. Very rarely did I stop and take notice of what was around me.

After a life changing experience between a truck and my motorcycle, I needed to rethink about all that was important to me. Family obviously comes in a the highest priority, but it was time to "stop and smell the roses" for want of a better expression, with the rest of my life.

I now find myself stopping and soaking up my surroundings. Looking for the best composition or angle, wondering what the scene will look like with different lighting. I have found now, that I appreciate nature and all there is to offer, a great deal more than I had previously.

 

During the late 80’s & early 90’s I was both an Illustrator & a Photographer whilst serving in the Australian Army. As an Illustrator I had the privilege of designing the stained glass windows in each of the three wings of the Soldiers’ Chapel at Kapooka, as well as airbrushing two large murals, one (depicting an Airborne combat scene) for the Other Rank’s Mess, (1572sq feet), at the 3rd Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, Holsworthy and the other, (depicting the evolution of the cannon), at the Royal Australian Artillery Museum situated at North Head, Manly. During my military service I had several black and white images published in the Army newspaper, as well as the Courier Mail, Brisbane.

 

After leaving the Army, I endured the life of a Wedding Photographer for several years, in Qld & SA. I then decided to take a hiatus from all things art/photography for several years before once again, picking up the camera after the switch had been made from analogue to digital format. After a short but sharp learning curve in the digital darkroom with Adobe's Lightroom and Photoshop I decided to be a fine art photographer.

 

I have a preference for photographing landscapes and seascapes, although I am open to photographing whatever takes my eye. I am at present working on several personal projects, one of which will feature images not normally seen by most people, all of which will be taken from inside a 50km distance (as the crow fly’s) of Wagga Wagga. The other, a very long-term project, is of abandoned and derelict homesteads around our country in an effort to capture an artistic record of our countries farming history. I have had several framed prints and canvasses on display at various locations around Wagga Wagga, resulting in the sales of several large framed works to a number of collectors.

 

In 2014 I was awarded Grand Champion at the Wagga Wagga Show for a Black and White portrait in the portrait division, for a portrait of my daughter, along with 1st and 2nd in the landscape divisions, and in 2015 I received a 2nd & 3rd in the landscape division. In 2015 I was also awarded an equal 1st place at the Henty Art & Photography Exhibition.

In April 2015 I donated a large framed photographic print valued at $600.00 to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Wagga Wagga Base Hospital, so they could raffle it off and help raise much needed funds for another NICU humidicrib.

In July of 2016, I was approached by Maria Stella, a gallery representative from the Agora Fine Art Gallery, in Chelsea, New York, USA, asking if I would like to exhibit some of my works in 2017. Although I declined to do so initially due to costing’s of transporting prints, etc, I was advised that the invitation still stands for doing so in the future.

After capturing the image, I use programs such as Adobe’s Lightroom, Photoshop, and Nik Silver Efex Pro2, to process my images. For small exhibition or reference prints I use a Canon Pixma Pro 10 printer along with Canson Infinity BFK Rives 310gsm archival quality paper or the Ilford Galerie Prestige Gold Cotton Smooth 330gsm paper that is also archival quality paper. 


I hope that my style of Fine Art Landscape Photography appeals to you.

Darren Booker