Thursday, June 18, 2009

The Wednesday Heart - Michael Garbutt Exotic Photography

Today is the day for loving local artists! Aussie Aussie Aussie! Oy Oy Oy! Michael Garbutt Exotic Photography, aka elgarbo to fellow Etsians, is a Sydney-based photographer who, in his own words, has travelled 'the world with a camera in hand', taking interesting shots of the wonderful things he has seen.

This first print is of tank traps up in Newcastle. I say "up" because it's pretty much 4 hours north from where I live. The thing I love most about this image is the interplay of light and shadow. Just wonderful. The patterns created by the shadows are so well defined and so perfect. It makes the whole shot seem more like created digital art than a photo. They're like tiny pyramids trapped out in the desert.



As you all know, I love a photographer who has variety in their portfolio. This next shot is a perfect contrast to some of the other images Michael Garbutt has put up. I like that he is just as comfortable with fast and furious action shots as he is with beautiful landscapes.



And my final pick to show you all is an image I actually purchased myself. It's a trifecta to my mind. Cute baby animal? Check! Artistically done? Check! Technically competent? Check! Yay for cute baby monkey pictures!



So in summary, Michael Garbutt is a fantastic photographer who seems to stradle all the disciplines nicely. It's really nice to come across a body of work where you like almost everything, but these images are all strong, interesting and well done. Elgarbo, I heart you!

5 comments:

ARTISANNE said...

He is fantastic!! Love the surfy one most I think but they are all WOW! :0)

Gallery32 said...

I like that first photo a lot. I have actually visited Newcastle although quite briefly :)

Poetic Shutterbug said...

The light and shadow effect on the first photo is phenomenal.

erin said...

beautiful blog! if you ever do another photography feature i would be honored to be considered :)

QuintessentiallyEnglish said...

Cute little monkey photo! I found your blog on http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=6278721

Don't forget to check others out!

Quintessentially x