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Camera House : Better Pictures 12
PeoPle snaps Camera House Photo Friday winner Peter Morris talks photography. If you’re a visitor to Camera House’s Facebook page, then no doubt you will have come across Peter Morris, one of our fabulous shooters, whose imagination and attention to detail always inspire us. Peter’s journey as a photographer began very early. His father was, and still is, a keen snapper. “Like me, he enjoyed it as a hobby and used to take lots of photos of my brother, sister and me as kids,” remembers Peter. “He helped to get me involved in photography, with the knowledge he gained from a photography course he did when he was young. He then passed his knowledge and passion onto me. He still has his old reliable film Chinon SLR that is at least 30 years old, and that always fascinated me as a kid.” From these early beginnings as a fledgling happy snapper, an interest in digital photography and video developed, and today Peter has returned the favour – assisting his dad in learning about digital images. “I recently handed down my first DSLR to him, when I moved onto bigger and better things!” While Peter isn’t a professional photographer (he is actually a doctor at a busy Melbourne hospital), his passion for the still and moving image has developed a keen eye and fantastic technique – you need only witness his many Photo Friday entries to see this talented shooter at practice. When it comes to creating his concepts for the Photo Friday competitions, Peter says he tries to “think outside the box”. “I like to put a different spin on a situation or subject, something unexpected or that makes people question the way they see things. I also really like to make people laugh, and try to make my photos entertaining and something that people can relate to. I try not to take life too seriously, especially since I have a very serious job, and try to convey that message in my photos.” He also suggests that a bit of controversy never goes astray (his image for the 100s and 1000s competition is a great example). “I took a photo of some hundreds and thousands in a syringe and a medicine cup, amongst a group of medical supplies. I labelled this ‘A Dose of Happiness’ and I see this as a light-hearted and funny take on something that is very serious – illness and medical treatments. Others have tried to see a deeper and darker meaning, and some say that the photo is scary because it’s of a needle. Either way, it makes people think and gets them talking about the photo, and that’s what I aim for.” His idea of a great photo is one that is not only simple but thought provoking. “Great photos stir up feelings inside you. Be it happiness or sadness, curiosity, and at times anger or fear. This just means they are conveying a message to the viewer, and being able to capture that feeling in a single moment, with a single photo, truly makes a photo great.” Certainly he’s not lacking in inspiration. Peter’s images often add a twist to the Photo Friday themes. “I spend a lot of time discussing it with my brother each time the theme comes out,” explains Peter. “ We usually make a list of the predictable subject matter for any given theme, and try and stay away from that. The photos I take are often left of centre, and hopefully eye-catching because they are different and well thought out. And as I’ve said, I like to make people laugh with my photos, because that makes them more memorable too.” He enjoys being a part of the Photo Friday family, saying his photography skills have improved out of sight. “The fact that it’s an even playing field makes it even more interesting. People are judged on photos, and that’s all, not the name hidden at the bottom. Being able to flick through hundreds of photos and pick out good shots by the image, not the photographer, is great. It could be a professional or amateur photo, I never know and that’s the beauty of the competition.” ■ • Canon EoS 50D • Canon 15-85mm f/3.5 -5 .6 IS USm lEnS • Canon 75-300mm f/4.5 -6 lEnS • SparE SD CarDS anD battErIES (jUSt In CaSE) • trIpoD • laSEr poIntEr, for foCUSIng In Dark, long ExpoSUrE nIght ShootIng In peter’s Bag 23 profIlE Photo friday 023_Bpics12_peoplesnaps.indd 23 28/02/13 2:32 PM
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