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Michael Howes: Photographer

I am a self-taught photographer and began experimenting with light and its effects on light sensitive media when I was given a Kodak Brownie Starlet camera when I was around 10. Since then I have had a number of cameras, with my last film camera being an Olympus OM-4 SLR. 

Early influences on my photography came mainly from books by/on Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Minor White, Olegas Truchanas, Peter Dombrovskis, Wolfgang Sievers, and exhibitions of photographs by Australian Photographers.

While I have always had an interest in natural history and my photography started out with this type of emphasis it has moved on from merely recording the natural, and man-made environment to using the form, arrangement, and the interplay of light within the image to convey my emotions at the time of capture. I start with a full 'canvas' and seek to de-clutter it using the right vantage point and lighting.

My photography ranges from architectural/industrial through to images inspired by the natural world, and ranges from Broad Landscapes to Details within Landscapes, with patterns and textures playing a large part in my images.  

My workflow involves using Lightroom to both import my images as Digital Negatives (DNG), and then to edit them non-destructively.  Once the image is ready for outputting I export it to Photoshop as a TIFF file, keeping all the Lightroom adjustments. If an image requires further editing not possible in Lightroom I will then use Photoshop for final editing before preparing it for printing,  projection, or, conversion to sRGB for the web.

When printing I currently use photographic papers from the Ilford Galerie range and UltraChromeHD Pigment Inks.