Having featured many projects on LDJ that have been photographed by the talented Peter Clarke including Zumbo, 33M , Case Meallin, The Collins to name only a few, it was about time that we got a chance find out more about the man behind the striking images. Q&A with Peter scroll down to find out more.
Peter Clarke is an established photographer with over 20 years experience in his field. Over the years, Peter has gained extensive knowledge and experience documenting the built environment, as well as natural and man-made landscapes. His collaborative approach and strong vision has seen his unique graphic style applied to a wide range of industries including architecture, construction, mining and aviation.
Peter's approach to combine has been his passion for photography and design, ensuring the fundamental elements of light, space, proportion and materials are brought to the fore of each final composed image. Peter works with a diverse range of clients including architects, design practices, government bodies, listed companies and publishers.
Can you tell me a little about yourself and your background in photography?
I am photographer who likes to bring a strong sense of design to his work. Through my passion for design and design related aspects, I enjoy photographing the built form, making faithful representations of peoples work and then adding my interpretations to assist in the visual story. I have been shooting for over twenty years for a range of clients in architecture, design and advertising. My strength lies in architectural photography but many graphic designers like my approach for many of their clients.
Where are you based and where do you work?
I am based in Melbourne and work Throughout Australia.
How did you become interested in photography?
I did a tertiary orientation year after high school and was exposed to many aspects of art & design. It was here that I first embarked on photographic projects. It was great to be exposed to all aspects of the photography process including film developing and printing.
I have seen your amazing photography across some of the interior and architectural projects on the London Design Journal, who do you mainly work with?
I have worked with Elenberg Fraser, Bates Smart, Woods Bagot, Inarc Architects, Little Projects, DKO, well, architecture, Mim Design and Techne, to name a few. With Elenberg Fraser we have developed a collaborative approach, setting a style and direction for the photography.
What is the process like of setting up a project to photograph? Is there a brief or is it left to you to decide?
With most clients there is a brief. This could constitute marked-up plan, site shots and a verbal discussion. If possible I like to take the opportunity to walk through the project with the architect to outline shots, angles, and preferred times of day for photography. This is a valuable asset in getting a clearer understanding of logistics and helping to re-brief the client of what may be required to achieve certain results. This comes for my many years working for designers and art directors in which pre-production is a key aspect of any photography.
Do you have a favourite piece of equipment or format that you like to use?
My favorite room is my Cambo WDS and in Phase One IQ 180 digital back. It is an exceptional piece of hardware capable of delivering high-quality files for reproduction.
What do you look for when you finish are setting up a shot?
I am always looking for a dynamic shape and form, sometimes it is only a few elements in a minimal expression. Then it may be the way the light gives shape to these elements. I see photographs as a two dimensional representation of the three dimensional reality. In some ways it is like design with the confines of a frame.
What inspires your work?
The weather, time of the day, a chance, it can be many things. That's the thing about being a location photographer, there is always an element beyond your control that can be quite rewarding.
What is your favourite or most memorable photo?
I would have to say the series I did a few years back of Haleakala, on the island of Maui in Hawaii. It was an amazing experience to be standing on the edge of a crater 10000 ft high and 11km's across.
Have you Exhibited your work outside of the publishing images?
Not as yet, but I have been working on many projects that will probably get to showing some time soon. Some of my personal work has been sold to Architects for their clients.
What would you say to aspiring photographers?
To be prepared to work hard, keep learning and set goals. Surround yourself with other talented people to exchange ideas and challenge yourself. But most of all have patience and enjoy what you do.
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