Wayne is a local, creative photographer who has spent much of his life time developing his skills behind the lens. His love of connecting people through photographing landscapes was first inspired by his travels to Hong Kong and China at 28, and he has since photographed the parts of the UK, the US, Europe, New Zealand, Hawaii and of course Australia, amongst other places.
His compositions feature strong focal points and clever use of light that embodies his landscapes with surreal depth, bringing them to life and drawing the viewer in. As such, his works portray a deeper narrative, given strength by vivid colour and detail.
Wayne’s complex relationship with his camera has certainly paid off. He is a predominantly self taught artist, with some exposure to photography as part of his background in medical science where he learnt to shoot in the days before digital equipment.
“My first SLR didn’t have a “Green” button where I could just set to auto and click away. I had to know how to get the right exposure manually. Also, you had to wait till you received your prints back from the chemist or photo lab before you knew if you had a good picture or not. These days of digital you can see your image straight away.”
In the digital era, landscape photography isn’t without its challenges. Wayne’s work is about bringing the beauty of the landscape alive in a way that makes the viewer feel as if they are really there. And this is a complex and time consuming process.
“In a portrait shot, facial expressions and eyes can convey an emotion response, however it is more difficult to obtain emotion in a still subject such as a landscape. It is the creativity of a photographer to bring an emotion to the forefront of the viewer when shooting a landscape… One of the jobs of a good photographer is to be able to bring out the beauty of the picture and make it look “real”.”
When I asked Wayne who his main influences are, he pointed me toward Peter Lik and Trey Ratcliff but also said despite the high profile of these photographers, it’s not necessarily about spending thousands of dollars and having the best equipment. He recommends joining a photography club, searching out tutorials on YouTube and learning as much as you can. Then you can find what you love to photograph and specialise in it.
Want to see more of Wayne’s amazing work? Catch up with him next weekend with an opening celebration event of his showcase at Gem’Appelle Designs, on Saturday 12th March at 4pm. 10 Bailey Street, West End. Find out more on the event page here.
11th-16th March 2016 eScapes by Wayne Budge will showcase at Gem’Appelle Designs
8th April 2016 – 21st May 2016 Solo exhibition – Logan Art Gallery
23rd April, 10am to 12noon Introduction to digital photography: Photography workshop for beginners with artist Wayne Budge. If you’re a camera novice and are interested in learning to take better shots, then this “Photography workshop for beginners” is designed just for you. Photographer Wayne Budge can help you understand all those buttons on your camera, as well as teach you about ISO, shutter speed, aperture, exposure, and explain how all of these things affect your photographs. Get off the “green” setting and learn to be more creative with the different modes on your camera, as well as how to use manual settings. It doesn’t matter whether you have a small compact camera or a DSLR, our workshop will help you get the most out of your camera.
13th July 2016 – 21st August 2016 Solo exhibition – Boonah Regional Art Gallery
4th Nov 2016 – 11th Dec 2016 Solo exhibition – Lockyer Valley Art Gallery
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