Quentin’s interest in photography was peaked twenty years ago while he was studying for his MA in Fine Art at the University of Brighton. “Having trained as a Fine Artist specializing in painting, I started experimenting with the possibilities of digital cameras to record my ideas,” he recalls. Since completing his MA, he has worked in education, teaching art in secondary schools, and has served as the head of the Art department at his current school. “Over the past three years, I have been heavily involved in setting up and running a very popular and successful photography course. This has re-ignited my fascination [with] photography.”
Quentin has studied the work of many traditional and contemporary photographers, as well as the formal elements of photographic composition. However, most recently his interest shifted to photographing something in particular. “My particular interest in photographing flowers began just under two years ago. I made a decision to specialize in one area and the beauty and transient nature of flowers fitted perfectly with my new lifestyle choices,” he explains. “My style of photography deals with the bright, colorful and intimate world of flowers. I create close up portraits of individual flowers captured using my macro lens.
Although he has examined the work of Georgia O’Keefe, Irving Penn, and Andy Small for artistic research, Quentin’s main source of inspiration comes directly from the natural world itself. “My senses have been awoken to the natural splendor around us. I have become immersed in the smells and aromas of flowers. My eyes have been opened to the sheer beauty of each individual bloom,” he says.
Using his Nikon D5300 and only natural lighting, Quentin has a portfolio that captures the beauty of the floral landscape and shares these fleeting moments with his audience.
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