Grab a cup of your favorite beverage and from the comfort of your living room couch (or take a break from your hectic day at the office) and start exploring our virtual streets filled with fine art and photography from around the world!
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR: Can you believe that July is just a couple days away and we are half way through 2017? Seize the moment folks...it will be gone in an instant! This month we celebrate "World Watercolor Month" and share with you just a bit of the watercolor art and artography available in the ARt diSTriCt which continues to grow and expand. It remains a hub of activity for its members to connect with art lovers from around the world. The mission here at the magazine is simple: To share with you "the Art Lover" some one-on-one interviews, showcase artists, keep you informed on events, news, promotions and CELEBRATE the creative arts! This month we spotlight photographer Werner Padarin from Canberra, Australia who states, "... The creative aspect (of photography) for me is in finding a visually appealing scene." So , take a deep breath, exhale, relax and let's start creating!
What's your story? Please introduce yourself
I started off with a bit of a love-hate relationship with photography: my father was always standing me in front of something or other to take a picture and I got to hate that - not that I didn't much later inflict a little of that on my children. But he also took in black and white film processing and printing work to supplement his income and I was quite fascinated by the process as I accompanied him in the darkroom. Quite early on he presented me with a rangefinder camera that even had a light meter (anyone not knowing what a rangefinder is, is just betraying their youth!). Later, as I started to work as an engineer, I was able to convert to a fully manual SLR camera - a Pentax, known in some circles as the "poor man's Nikon", but with it a telephoto lens which helped lead me away from "happy snaps" to more creative scenery and close-ups. In my work I was fortunate to be able to do quite a bit of travel, both locally and overseas, and I used every opportunity to capture the gorgeous (or sometimes just "different") sceneries that I encountered. But it was on a hike in a National Park here in Australia, that I decided I had to rid myself of the shackles of 36 exposures and to go digital. I'm now in the digital age and fully retired, so with more time to spend on photography - I enjoy the walks and travels that are so full of photo opportunities and I enjoy the photography itself and the minimal postproduction that I do.
What does "being creative" mean to you?
I like my photos to look natural, although I do sometimes make a fairly bland scene look a bit more dramatic, for example, by darkening the clouds a bit. The creative aspect for me is more in finding a visually appealing scene which to photograph - it's difficult, if not outright presumptious, I think, to attempt to improve on the beauty of nature.
What’s your main artistic medium? *
Short answer: photography.
Do you have a specialty?
I often quite facetiously say that my specialty is in shooting only those scenes or things that are in front of my lens! Perhaps a better answer might be that I shoot only that which appeals to me. Looking back on my works, I can identify landscapes, wildlife, streetshots of people and closeups of naturally occurring patterns like those of tree bark as having predominated.
Which creative medium would you love to pursue but haven’t yet?
A bit of a left field question here - I love music and would just love to compose and come up with something to rival Palestrina or Bach - In fact my music skills barely extend to operating a CD player, so that'll remain a silly fantasy (but I do enjoy Palestrina and JS Bach)!
In our computer and device driven age with young people increasingly out of touch with nature and even unable to communicate except via their devices and even with art increasingly turning to computer created designs, I like to show the beauty of nature and of the faces of real people!
What kind of equipment/tools do you use?
Full frame DSLR with 20mm, 24-70mm and 70-200mm lenses and other gear like filters, flashes and tripods
What’s your favorite thing you’ve ever created?
Here I'd probably refer to some family photographs of particularly touching moments in my life, but these shall remain private. Of my publicly displayed works, I find it impossible to choose any particular shots - each trip has led to shots that I'm quite proud of, some landscapes and sometimes shots of people or close-ups of nature.
What advice do you have for budding artists and photographers?
Imagine a 3:2 aspect photo frame around anything you see - then if you like what you see, push the trigger, but analyse the picture afterwards and try to remember what you've learned the next time you look!
What is #1 on your Bucket List?
Some scenery around central Australia!