About

Ross Hyde

When I was 16 my father took me on a journey through the Australian outback. At the same time he gave me his old Agfa camera and a few rolls of film, a simple thing that started a photographic career, and an infatuation for travel, that has taken me to places that I had only dreamed of. I’m not sure that he consciously intended for these things to happen but he made sacrifices in time and money to give me these life forming experiences. Something that I am forever grateful for.

 

Since then, the world of photography has evolved from film into the new and exciting digital realm. Instead of waiting for our films to be processed we can now see our creations, instantly, on the back of our cameras. No longer do we have the smelly old chemicals in a make shift darkroom under the stairs or in the laundry. We now sit at our computers, with big screens and dynamic colour, manipulating our images at the flick of the curser. However, the passion for capturing the places we visit and the things we experience remains the same. Finding an interesting location or capturing the dramatic light at each end of the day is the driving force behind my passion for photography. I seek to challenge my imagination with images characterized by bold colours, unique textures and a striking sense of depth of field, with compositions ranging from the starkly minimalist to complex abstracts.

 

One of the most fulfilling aspects of my career has been to work with truly wonderful, talented and inspiring people, and I am humbled that they are now some of my closest friends. I have had the opportunity to work for some of the most prestigious photo agencies in the arenas of F1, World Rally and related championships.

 

The Landscape Image

 

What is the definition of a landscape? Is there a set way to photograph a landscape? Should the image represent the tonal range of the original light illuminating the scene? Should the colour’s match the original? Should the image even be in focus?  Over the years, these questions have been asked and debated in photography and the creative arts in general. People have been pushing the boundaries of right and wrong, and re-capturing inspiration for a new viewpoint on their creativity. I think the term landscape simply means an area, but not necessarily of  land, that can be seen in a single view.  So with that in mind I want to challenge myself and you on what a landscape really is, how we should view them and how the times and boundaries have changed.

 

Now in the digital age where manipulation is so easy, are we at risk of loosing the photographers of the world? On the other hand, is it making photography what it could never have been before? My digital images are created in the camera and edited in ways that reflect what we did in the darkroom. I want my photographs to be known for my photographic skill rather than my editing skill. However images that have a high dynamic range, have been manipulated in Photoshop, these I would  call a photographically created image. This is the freedom photography now has in the modern world. Where the balance between photographs and photographically created imagery leads us to new exciting places. It’s for you to decide, but I’m sure they will still be classed as landscapes.

 

Photography describes more than can be explained. It forces attention, the need to look and look again. I want to be rewarded with surprise and a recharged awareness.

 

 

International photographic awards

 

2010 Epson International Pano Awards

Bronze Award

16th overall

2011 Epson International Pano Awards

Silver Award

Top 50 placed

2011 Epson International Pano Awards

Silver Award


The 5th Better Photography Magazine Photograph of the Year

Silver Award

5th Overall

The 5th Better Photography Magazine Photograph of the Year

Silver Award

top 50 placed

The 5th Better Photography Magazine Photograph of the Year

Silver Award

top 50 placed