Brent Pearson is an passionate Australian photographer that is constantly pushing his own boundaries in order to create better visual stories filling them with emotion and creativity. Being focused on long exposure seascapes and landscapes, Brent is able to capture scenes in perfect focus and low noise. Recently we managed to contact this experienced artist and to organize an interview, so below you will find some of his tips explained, and also a great collection of pictures.
Tell us about something about Brent Pearson Photography?
Photography is my passion, I love it too much to make it my profession. Learnt photography in the days of film, we had a wet darkroom at home. After a long break from photography, I got back into it about 10 years ago and went up the long digital learning curve (Photoshop, colour management etc.)
What’s your creative process like?
I find that more and more of my photography is now pre-visualised. I will come up with a concept in my head and then set about to capture it in the camera. Whether it’s night photography, light painting, working with models or landscapes. When I get the germ of an idea I do a lot of research on the internet looking for images that help me crystalise my idea. Then I think about how to make it happen (lighting, shooting techniques etc.)
I love the planning and research, the actual capture process as well as the post production.
Where do you find inspiration and why you like photography?
I like photography because it is a visual creative process. I use a different part of my brain during photography compared to my “day job”. When I’m thinking about a shoot, I often will be sitting on a plane travelling somewhere with headphones on just visualising the images I’m planning on shooting and literally playing around with different lighting effects in my mind.
What are some tips you could give to people that really like your work?
I have several genres of photography in my portfolio… landscape, seascape, night photography, light painting, off camera flash work. I would recommend that while people may have a favorite style, don’t get bogged down in just shooting that one style. Push yourself and you’ll expand your technical knowledge of the craft which will in turn open up your world and expand your creativity.
Can you name some of the photographers that inspires you and why?
I love a lot of minimalist black and white photography, and love the work of Michael Kenna
. From a portraiture perspective I love the work of Mark Tucker
, and also the way Joey Lawrence
uses off camera flash for his environmental portraits.
If you have something else to add (a video/book/about your next project/etc.) just tell us.
I have written a ebook about night photography and light painting to help photographers quickly go up the learning curve in this quite technical field. You can read more about it at http://www.nightphotographyguide.com
I publish lots of photographic tutorials and behind the scene videos of my shoots on my blog site at http://brentbat.wordpress.com
I’m always happy to help out any photographers and answer questions about the techniques that I use to achieve my images.
Update: We have stumbled upon a relevant video interview with Brent Pearson by Christian Fletcher: