"Life never goes the way you think"

Born in the '60s, out of wedlock, so technically a bastard. The first camera in hand lot long after walking, He loved black and white pictures over colour, "women mostly look better in B&W" he was too young to shoot girls so tried to capture landscapes, objects, and even dogs,

 

Then came digital but not before he received dirty payment for weddings and photoshoots using film. At eight he had his own darkroom and lost his first wife to cameras and kayaking

 

The love affair continued smoldering with early Nikon D series but finally his new muse became fujifilm X, Lomography and he never did get over B&W.   

Cibachrome & me

​Dr. Bela Gasper created Gasparcolor, the dye bleach process upon which the Cibachrome process was originally based. It was considered vital to the war effort in the 1940s. Gaspar turned down many offers to sell the rights to his process and after he died, Paul Dreyfus, who was the chemist and technician for Gaspar, went to work for CIBA AG. When the patents ran out, he developed the process for Cibachrome. (Frozen Moments - Richard C. Miller) In the 1960s, the Cibachrome process was originally engineered by the Ciba Geigy Corporation of Switzerland. Ciba acquired Ilford in 1969, and sold it to International Paper in 1989, in 1992 the product was renamed to "Ilfochrome". Colloquially, however the process is still referred to as "Cibachrome".



(This is an extract from a well known online encyclopedia and describes a time in photography before the age of digital)

 

Today, digital photography (and photographers) believe that they invented 'creative' image production. Well, sorry, it's all been done before. Photoshop has many tools and the possibilities are indeed, endless!

Steve aims to bring a fusion of film and digital photographic art that has been inspired by the philosophies of an era past. More a celebration of all that is good since the days of Fox Talbot.

Images he takes follow some simple rules: firstly, the camera does the work, not Photoshop. Secondly, minimal rules, not quite Lomography.

I have been a professional photographer - Weddings, Children, Birthdays, Commercials, and Photoshoots for Products and so in. I HATED IT.

 

I will take on projects that rock me, book illustrations, personal portraits and that's it mostly.    

Style and progression

Street, Urbon and People

2006 - present

"People are the hardest thing"

Steve would not be the first person to admit that photographing people is one of the most challenging subjects to shoot. Using a Rangefinder with a 34mm to a 45mm lens (old money) is where the artform comes alive according to Steve

Lomagraphic Inspired

2006 - present

​Chromogenic refers to the photographic processes that forms a conventional silver image and then replacing it with a coloured dye. Most films and papers used for color photography today are chromogenic. Lomography uses old film that is out of date, low-quality cameras and cracks of light that distort the final image. 

Big in Japan and now everywhere

Mountains and Landscape

1980 - present

Steve has a life long passion for sea, sky and mountains. Along the way he captures light and darkness that surrounds some of the most intense places on the planet. from Kazakhstan to Darwin or Pembrokeshire to the Kathmandu, Stave has carried a camera 

Tel. +61 448012995  I  sm.lang@cibachromephotography.com

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