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Camera House : Better Pictures 9
STORM SEEKER Nikon Ambassador David Oliver’s penchant for shooting stifling skies delivers the dark side of landscape photography. He may be best known for his work as a portraitist, yet these days photographer David Oliver has found a new love in capturing moody landscapes and epic images of nature. His photographic journey began at an early age, when his favourite childhood pastime was thumbing through picture books. This quickly developed into a passion for photography, with unsuspecting family and friends as his main subjects; candlelit portraits were a specialty (often his aggrieved sister-in-law was the subject). When it came time to choose a career, a young Oliver embarked on a photographic cadetship with the Elton Ward Group, shooting weddings and family portraits for the high- volume studio. It was here that Oliver earned his stripes, sometimes shooting as many as 30 families a week and a couple of weddings each weekend. “It really gave me a lot of experience photographing people and refined my shooting style,” he comments. Today Oliver is a much-awarded photographer, (multiple AIPP winner and a Grand Master) whose penchant for portraits has earned him a stellar reputation. Yet the much-lauded shooter admits that what really inspires him to pick up his camera these days is an “early morning mist or a moody skyline”. Oliver says he’s always loved shooting landscapes – though he prefers to call them “urban pictures”. “I rarely shoot pure landscape,” he says. “I prefer to add some kind of element in – whether that is a cow, a sheep, an old farmhouse – some kind of subject. When I shoot for myself I look for environmental pictures, and I do love the adverse weather, the early morning light.” Unlike many photographers that love shooting picture perfect blue skies, Oliver Feature WINTER LANDSCAPES 16 016_Bpics9_davidOliver_v2_corrected.indd 16 4/06/12 2:57 PM
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