While everyone else had a real job I spent more than 25 years hiking and camping in south west Western Australia. With my trusty wooden field camera and a few sheets of film you can find me out on the coast, in the bush or exploring some peak.
I find landscapes inspiring, whether it be a grand scene or an intimate detail. The West has a unique and ancient landscape. Our quality of light is as hard as it is voluminous. It provides me with a continual challenge to reproduce that quality within the limitations of a photograph.
Long walks in the bush
I enjoy going for long walks in the bush or along the coast with my wooden field camera. In my backpack I carry a few sheets of film, a tripod and sometimes a tent and food. Awareness is the greatest gift a photographer can nurture. I like to take my time to absorb the environment, to rediscover and to reconnect.
The West Magazine
“Alex Bond knows when not to take a photograph. His approach to capturing the WA landscape on film is based on patience and attunement. The results have found a worldwide audience.”
Stephen Scourfield, Editor, The West Magazine
Since 1989 I have been photographing and publishing my landscape images of National Parks and Regional Reserves under my imprint Stormlight Publishing.
Over the years Stormlight Publishing has published and distributed a range of postcards, greeting cards, gift cards, posters, calendars and books.
I also provide images to other publishing houses for their publications.
My introduction to photography was in the era of film cameras and light sensitive photographic paper. A film camera is not very forgiving if you don’t think ahead. You have to learn good photographic techniques. But what you gain is their simplicity of use. It frees you to concentrate on making the image without technical distractions. They are robust too. Working outdoors potentially exposes cameras to rain and salt air. My wooden 4×5 film camera does not need batteries and is lighter than a digital SLR.
Hand Crafted Silver Gelatin Photographic Prints
I learnt to develop my film in a tank and print my photographs in a traditional wet darkroom. By today’s standards it is neither fast nor easy. But it is a process I maintain to this day. It works alongside my digital workflow.
Working with silver halide materials provides a thread of continuity throughout my photography.
Print making by hand is the final and possibly most important act in this creative cycle. In my opinion it gives an unquestioning intention and authenticity to a photographer’s works.
Do you have a question about film camera photography? Are you looking at a film photography workshop to suit your needs? Are you interested in acquiring a fine print? We would love to hear from you.