@ordinary.artists

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@that.man.tombo

where are you right now?

I’m pretty content. I live rurally which I like; in a place of mountains and snow which I love. I have a meaningful job that I enjoy, a wife who is nice to me, and genuinely nice friends and family. We have a new car and we both really like the colour that we chose. I’d like to lose some weight and pursue the old hobbies that I now neglect, photography being one of those! I am in truth a pretty simple person who is grateful for everything that I have and don’t need much more. Although I would like more time and money to travel…

why do you like photography?

Anyone can take a great photo and everyone does. We’ve all taken a great photo. Whether by luck or skill, each of us has captured a shot that we love and that sums up a moment, a trip, a time in our lives. You don’t need an expensive, high spec camera. The simplest camera can take brilliant images when used with creatively. At one time or another we’ve all succeeded and I guess that makes photography a democratic art form, which is nice.

what would you say your style is?

Lazy masquerading as reflective. I take fewer and fewer photos these days, preferring to take in what I’m experiencing rather than take obvious shots that I’ll never look at again. The things that capture my attention are quiet sights, perhaps not noticed by others. The contrast created by the shadow of a wall or a cloud towering over the landscape below it. These are interesting to me. They capture individual moments that show hint at a life, a person, and unique perspective.

what do you try to capture?

I don’t set out to capture anything in particular and often go long periods without taking a single photograph. The photographs that I do take increasingly show the average scenes of life. I now live in a rural area. Such places are fantastic to photograph. The weird symmetry between the bucolic and the industrial, or the traditional versus the modern. I find rural areas to be more interesting than cities and I guess that’s defining what I now capture when I shoot right now.

you have traveled all over the world. what is it that you like about traveling?

Everyone who has the opportunity to travel should. We are one of the first generations fortunate enough to have access to affordable, reliable, and fast transport all over the planet. The world is not how we perceive it to be from our isolated, solitary views. You need to go out and experience it firsthand. It changes you for the better and you’ll find-out just how little you know.

what’s been the hardest image to capture?

No single image comes to mind. I’m terrible at photographing food so don’t bother. I also think most photos of food are utterly pointless so that probably doesn’t help.

what is the most remote place you have traveled to?

When I travelled in India I spent most of my time in the very north, in the state of Kashmir and Jammu. This region is contested and though part of India, is also claimed by Pakistan and China. Nestled within the Himalayan mountains of the region, Ladakh is a place of tremendous natural beauty and the welcoming traditional culture of western Tibet. Travelling in the mountains requires guides and permits given the physical challenges and political sensitivity of the region, and while there I journeyed near the Chinese border and at one point, up to 6000 metres above sea level. I have never been to a more beautiful or seductive place. I didn’t want to leave that place.

do you have a photo of that?

I have many! My photos from that time are some of my favourite however go against everything I’ve said about capturing the small and ordinary moments of life! The landscape of that region is monumental and should be seen by all. It puts things in perspective for you. We are very small, very weak, and ultimately, very inconsequential. Those mountains were here long before us and will be here long after we are gone. They don’t care about us. They will be just fine. That might sound depressing but I find it very reassuring. We shouldn’t be so arrogant to think that we matter.