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Camera House : Better Pictures 8
Outward bound AIPP award-winning photographer Tom Putt is renowned for his gorgeous landscape photography. His lens reveals sweeping vistas and the intricate detail of the great outdoors. Photographer Tom Putt admits he is lucky; with a dad and grandfather who were both keen photographers, he has a “visually rich history” of his time growing up. At the age of nine his father lent him his first camera “to foster my interest in photography” and Putt immediately began snapping shots of “wildlife and birds as a hobby”. He has fond recollections of his dad on the sidelines at all the annual school sports’ events, camera in hand, and he laughingly suggests that may be why his first job in the biz was as a sports shooter, a career he successfully pursued for many years. Today however Putt’s passion is landscape photography – something he has loved since childhood. “I’ve always been passionate about shooting landscapes. My parents reminded me recently that as a kid I used to sit up in bed with a pile of landscape and wildlife books, poring over them for hours before turning the light out. “I have a mind that needs visual stimulation and for me, that was the best part of the day. It helped inspire me and dream of what I would like to achieve in my life.” Tom says that his passion for landscapes derives from his desire to create beautiful images. “I love the idea of capturing them on film (or digitally of course) and have that as a permanent record of my life. I still enjoy looking over the landscapes I shot 10-15 years ago just as much as the new images I create now.” He admits shooting outdoors has its particular challenges, though often the biggest obstacle can be the photographer... “Putting yourself in the right ■ Rain Forest, Queensland “I love the Idea of caPturIng them on fIlm (or dIgItally of course) and have that as a Permanent record of my lIfe” Feature OutdOOrS 12 012_Bpics8_Outdoor_v3.indd 12 7/03/12 10:32 AM
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