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Camera House : Better Pictures 12
Feature image smarts CommerCial Artistry Acclaimed as one of the nation’s leading landscape and commercial photographers, Ian Carlson delivers captivating images to the country’s collectors. Among photographer Ian Carlson’s prize possessions is an old Yashica Rangefinder that once belonged to his dad. “My father liked hiking and exploring and I would often go on trips with him. I remember he had a good Yashica rangefinder and he would take photos of our family’s gatherings, our holidays, the house renovations; mostly practical pictures for recording memories. It wasn’t until later when Dad passed down the Yashica to me that I became interested in photography and matched it with a love for the outdoors. I have it still today, sitting in a box along with a small collection of old camera gear.” Despite an early interest in photography Carlson’s initial career was as a marine biologist. “I worked in the field for many years but finally switched to a career in photography full-time. I had been travelling and photographing since my early university days and would freelance here and there, publishing my first landscape photography book in 2005, until finally it became infeasible to do both.” While his early shoots were unpaid – he remembers assisting at a wedding, saying it was a great “eye opener into the business side of photography”, he soon realised that while he had great respect for wedding shooters and “liked people”, his real passion lay in photographing “spaces, landscapes and architecture”. Carlson thinks it was those early morning bushwalks with his dad that sparked his initial interest in shooting the great outdoors. “ We hiked in the Blue Mountains and Snowy Mountains before we could even walk, strapped to our parents’ backs. I spent a lot of time looking at dad’s photos of bush scenery that were factual but really not inspiring. “I started to look at other people’s work, such as the late Peter Dombrovkis and Ansell Adam, and realised that landscape photos needed to be more than just a documentary style, quick click of your achievement on the summit; they could be an artistic record of what nature can look like at its most beautiful.” Pretty soon Carlson was earning a reputation as an accomplished landscape shooter, which in turn led to more commercial photography work, with Carlson recently being 16 016_Bpics12_ian.indd 16 28/02/13 2:31 PM
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