About A Glass Eye and Three Wooden Legs

 Stephen Hall

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My fascination with urban night & low light photography is part of a continually evolving relationship with the landscape and the depiction of such through the camera. I am primarily a landscape photographer and I see streetscapes, buildings and modified environments as another aspect of the landscape. I seek to explore the world around me and depict the moods it inspires through my camera.

I use Black & White film and a large format (5"x4") camera to get the highest quality images possible. Large format photography requires a slow contemplative approach to image capture which best suits my attitude towards the landscape. My night-time photographs may have exposure times of an hour or more.

Just as with my wilderness photography, with my urban architecture photography I strive to exclude the signs and indications of day to day human presence;  people, parked cars, traffic, etc. from my images. I strive for a timeless appearance where the streets and buildings are the main players in the image without distraction from the bustle of humanity. This can be exceptionally difficult; shielding my lens against every passing car can double an exposure time and require me to be constantly attentive throughout the exposure,  otherwise perfect compositions may be rejected due to a single parked car and an oblivious driver may park a car in the midst of a shot and cause me to cancel halfway through. Many shots in this portfolio, whilst looking simple are the product of repeated, painstaking attempts to capture a pure image.

I consider myself a print maker as much as a photographer and the digital inkjet process has, for me, opened up a whole new level of precision in the craft of image making. I am currently experimenting with the Gum - Bichromate printmaking process.

I worked in the photographic industry for 15 years before returning to university to study Geographic Science. I have exhibited in exhibitions in Adelaide, Cairns, Toowoomba, Natimuk and Cygnet. My work has been published in Wild Magazine, Australian Conservation Foundation & Wilderness Society Calendars and Diaries.

My first solo exhibition 'Peripheral - Images of Regional Victoria' was shown at The Goat Gallery in Natimuk in December 2011 to great success. Contact me if you would like to see the Peripheral Gallery Page.

I am currently living in Tumut, NSW

Feel free to contact me on (Aus) 0476 515 750.


Photography Background:

Certificate in Design & Photography - 1987

Commercial Black & White Darkroom Technician 1988 - 1992

Associate Diploma in Commercial & Technical Photography - 1992

Worked as Photographic assistant at 'Van Elsen Studios' SA 1995 - 1998

Managed professional E-6 Photo Lab 'Colour Perfect' 1995 - 1998

Worked as Wedding & Portrait Photographer, Cairns 2000 - 2001

Left Professional photography to complete an Environmental Science Degree in 2002



Solo Exhibition: 'Peripheral' at The Goat Gallery, Natimuk, Vic - 2011

Group Exhibition at the Natimuk Frinj - Skylines Gallery - 2011

HAEG Art exhibition, Cygnet, Tasmania - 2007

McGregor Prize exhibition, 2 prints highly commended- Toowoomba USQ - 2005

Java Joes Cafe Gallery - Prints on Display - 2004

Open House Private Exhibition, Adelaide - 1998

Stills Gallery, Norwood, SA - Group exhibition - 1997

State Library SA - Group Exhibition "Graduating Images" - 1992

Two prints acquired by The Horsham Regional Gallery for their permanent collection