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About Scott Haskins Fine Art
Today is This by Stephan Raabe
I am a photographer specializing in Wilderness and landscape photography based in Ballarat. I have been living in Australia for the past twenty three years spending much of my time photographing throughout Australia and New Zealand. Being brought up in South Africa much of my childhood memories were of wilderness and the landscape. My fascination for wilderness and the landscape has come from my love of Bushwalking and from Photographers such as Ansel Adams and Peter Dombrovskis. Prior to coming to Australia I was living in London studying photography where I gained a BA (Hons) degree in Fine Art. I have exhibited extensively in both Australia and England.
I currently use a Sony A7R IV 61 megapixel digital camera with a 16-35mm F4 Zeiss lens and edit my photographs using Lightroom classic and Photoshop.
In the past I used a 5×4 large format flatbed Linhof Technika V camera with three lenses. The lenses include a Nikkor-SW 90mm, Rodenstock Sirona-N 150mm and Schneider Tele-Arton 250mm. The film used was exclusively Fuji Velvia 100 and 100f, which I feel captures the subtle colour variations in nature.
I have been using a 5×4 large format flatbed Linhof Technika V camera with three lenses. The lenses include a Nikkor-SW 90mm, Rodenstock Sirona-N 150mm and Schneider Tele-Arton 250mm. The film used is exclusively Fuji Velvia 100 and 100f, which I feel captures the subtle colour variations in nature.
Also I carry a Pentax 1 degree spot meter and seven 5×4 film holders, five for colour and two for Black and white. On average for a weeks bushwalking I carry fifty colour and twenty five black and white sheets of film.
In recent years have been using a Nikon D800E 36 megapixel digital camera with a Nikkor 16 to 35 mm lens and Nikkor 50mm lens. I edit my photographs using Lightroom and Photoshop.
You could say my work is about the culmination of the journey, the interlude between looking and walking. I feel alien when my feet are not on the ground…disoriented, detached. It is the walking that solidifies my relationship with the land. For me the journey is important, without the journey the image doesn’t exist.
The process of walking within the landscape, in isolation is what gives me the energy to create the pictures. In order to see the images, I need to feel integrated with my surroundings. This brings me back to where I belong, forgetting about the distractions of the city, transporting me back to creativity, where I see the land in colour, tones and forms.
There is an insecurity and power inherent in nature and this is what I experience when making photographs. The longer the walk, the more in touch I feel with the land, the more my senses are heightened and acute. The longer the walk, the better the images become because my sight becomes attuned to the subtle details nature presents.
When I finish a walk I am not tired, but invigorated and the pressures of the world are back on. I feel sad and alone as the journey ends and the creativity stops. Looking at my images on the wall is totally different to how I imagine the viewer sees my work. I see my work through the journey, without the journey the work is meaningless.
I have walked through each picture and stopped to record the direction of my experience. Carrying the pressures of the city are heavier than carrying a pack full of food and camera for 10 days. The journey for me is personal and secret, the viewer sees only a representation of reality and I see a three dimensional experience.
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