photography by Tony Kearney
I describe myself as an amateur photographer. I was first introduced to photography when I was given a Kodak Instamatic camera as a present at the age of 10. I’d shoot a roll of film and send the cartridge off in the supplied cloth bag and patiently wait for two weeks to get a packet of twenty, square, colour images in the post. And it seems that this early exposure to square photography is now revisiting me, my photography of choice is based on loading my favoured Tmax100 film into old 6x6 cameras, the older and more manual the better.
I often experiment with alternative processes, expired film, low light and quirky old lenses, processing my films in the laundry, hanging them in the shower to dry. Five years ago, in a bid to gain access to a darkroom and to formally learn some skills and processes, I enrolled as a mature age student in Year 11 Photography at Marden Senior College in Adelaide and three years ago I completed Year 12, finishing the year with the highest score in the country and in the process gaining my first qualification in photography. I’ve participated in numerous exhibitions, with some of the work from a recent exhibition (CLOSER) making the final jury round of the International Fine Art Photography Award in Paris.
The word amateur has Latin origins, amare, for the love of.
Current exhibition, GRIT