Inside this issue
Masters of Vision : Steve Watkins
Amateur Photographer who plays with big cameras and film when in between digital photographs.
Steve: That’s correct, the last exhibition – two years ago now – was my first. It’s very interesting to see how things have progressed. I think the perception of a photograph is very fundamentally changed by where you view the picture. I was mentioning to one of the other exhibitors that if you put these images in a pile-em-high gallery on a high street the perceived value would be very different. Put them in an amazing minster like this and have the organist play some stirring music and you’d have to be made of stone to not be spiritually stirred by that experience.
T: Which exhibits have stood out for you as you’ve walked around
S: I’m a big fan of Dav Thomas’ work. He’s one of the real talents in the UK landscape market and the thing I love about it is that he tackles what I think is one of the hardest subjects, trees and forests where complexity is everywhere and simplicity is nowhere for most photographers. He seems to eke out amazing simple, dynamic, moving compositions from scenes that most people would walk past.
T: Do you have the book?
S: I have a review copy that Dav kindly sent to us. I think I might well buy a copy as well. One of the thing that strikes me about this experience of being at an exhibition is just how important it is to support photographers. In our history most of the master painters were supported by patrons and I think patronage is an increasingly important part of how we can support photographers in a time when traditional revenue channels are starting to dry up a little.