About

Originally from Edinburgh, I was lucky enough to move to Strathspey with my family 4 years ago after many years of holidaying in the area.

I’ve always taken photographs, but I began to take it more seriously about 9 years ago, in part because it was something creative I could fit in around a young family. I take photographs to record what we do and how my children grow – and I also pursue my landscape photography, seeking to use the camera as an artistic tool. I’m entirely self-taught.

Taking photographs means for me living with my eyes open, even when I don’t have my camera to hand. I rarely aim to take a particular photograph; usually I respond to the moment, to a particular view or framing or light. I want my photography to help me see the world anew, and to help capture the magic of a place. I try to take what I call “quirky landscapes” – landscape photography with a twist, going for an unusual angle or detail.

I think the camera always lies – even a “realistic” photograph can never be the same as actually being somewhere, feeling the wind on your face, hearing the sounds of a place, seeing it all around you. The image has been taken at a certain moment, with a certain light, and framed in a certain way – it’s always mediated. So rather than try to make an image that looks exactly like the place, I’ll process it to get something recognisable but transformed, trying to get a magic back in through working with the image. Sometimes that’s through just a bit of simple processing; other times, I'll use my own textures for a very different type of photograph. I spend as much time working with the images in my “digital darkroom” as I do getting out and about to take them. You have to start with a good photograph in the first place; and then I work with it, using textures. These are all photographs that I’ve taken of textural items such as grass, bark, waves, rocks. I blend these – sometimes as many as a dozen – with the original image to get the effect I want. I never use ready-made filters, or alter the composition of the original photograph. In some ways I think of myself more as an artist who uses a camera as a tool, than as a photographer.

I’m a member of Creative Cairngorms and exhibit regularly with this group, as well as other local exhibitions including the annual PhotoFest at the Old Kirk in Nethy Bridge. I also sell my work through shops and galleries in the region, including the Loch an Eilein gallery, and in Edinburgh.

I hope you enjoy the pictures, and if you have any comments, I'd love to hear from you.

I'm on facebook at
https://www.facebook.com/antoniakeartonphotography/