Me, myself and landscape photography...

Posted by Mitchell Pearson-Goff on

So this is my first blog post. Ever. 

What is my blog intended to be? I want it to be informative, interesting and a quick read to escape from the daily grind. Most posts will take no more than 3 minutes of your busy lives to read and will include insights into me, my photography, travel, photography locations, learning resources, equipment and anything photography related. 

I wanted to start by sharing my story into photography, specifically landscape photography. I do not come from a family of photographers, I wasn't born with a camera hanging around my neck nor did I discover this passion as a young child growing up in Tasmania. However, I do have no doubt that growing up in Tasmania shaped me as a photographer as I developed an appreciation for the Tasmanian wilderness that later translated into a passion for landscape photography. 

It wasn’t until a trip to Canada in 2007, with its spectacular, rugged landscape, that I was inspired to buy my first camera— the Canon 400D. I was eighteen years old and working with kids at a camp based in the Rocky Mountains not too far from Banff. I lived in a cabin during Spring and a tipi during Summer. I’d take the kids hiking, canoeing, horse riding and spend each and every day outside exploring the incredible landscape that Canada has to offer. This experience was a massive influence with regards to my focus on landscape photography. It was such a simple way of living that allowed for complete connection with the environment. At first, I took photos of everything in the natural environment  - mountains, lakes,  wildlife, flowers, trees, insects, and basically anything. I had no knowledge about composition or the fundamentals of photography, but I just loved the process of taking photos. 

 

After experiencing an incredible 5 months in Canada I returned to Tasmania with a newfound appreciation of the natural beauty it has to offer that I had taken for granted during my adolescent years. When I returned I began to absorb as much as I could about landscape photography. I started to collect Peter Dombrovskis books and these were an endless source of inspiration. I photographed weddings and also did some portraiture but I found I was particularly drawn to landscape photography and specifically long exposure photography. Why so? Well, you will have to wait for my next post to find out.

So there it is! A brief introduction to how I got started. I would love to hear your stories so please feel free to share them with me directly through Instagram or via the contact page on my website. 

Thank you for taking the time to read this post. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me. If you would like to view more of my work please visit my website. I also offer custom prints and an online print store. If you have any suggestions for blog topics you would like covered or just want to say hi, then please get in touch :)

Hinsby Beach, Tasmania. Image taken in 2017

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