Tania Stott Photography
As I really enjoy travel, nature, and landscape photography, and candid photos of people, I studied part time for one year at Photographic Studies College in Melbourne, where I gained the foundations for Illustrative Photography. Later I found that there was a gap in my skills, so I also did a short course in Portrait Photography at RMIT in Melbourne.
Photography, like building websites, requires visual and technical skills. Yet, more like film, music and art, it can also evoke strong thoughts, memories, emotions and feelings. Landscapes and travel are two of my favourite subjects when it comes to evoking these in myself. In a way, travelling and being anonymous helps me start fresh and feel peace in just being a part of local life.
Travel photography is one of my passions, along with learning about people, culture, and history through visiting places of significance, museums and art galleries, hanging out at ordinary places frequented by locals, observing life and details around me. In this selection, I've included detail of a doorway in a popular nightlife district in Singapore, wait staff leaning back against a wall in Chinatown in Singapore, and art works drying on a line in a workshop on the Tiwi Islands, Northern Territory.
Landscapes are constantly changing, encouraging closer inspection, and patience for the right kind of light and right moment to capture it. I try to strike a balance between the two objectives, and find it an intriguing challenge to make a landscape an interesting photograph in its own right, without people or wildlife. The first two photos were taken on a nearby island, and the third is of a neighbour's front garden landscape.
I like to challenge myself to take photos of tired, industrial, forgotten, overlooked places, signs, and objects and create juxtapositions or quiet humour. These will be demolished, painted over, disposed of, and wiped away from the visibility and memory of urban life. Now with digital imaging, these may be recycled for future use, or for recalling the minute details of cities that mostly go into the least important part of our visual periphery, barely noticed. The first photograph captures a humourous observation with an arrow pointing to a studio and wired gate seemingly the entrance. The second is of new and old transport - the leaning bikes, against a background of Polly Woodside. The flag is captured at just the right moment when the real sun behind it explodes through the yellow.
Architecure and landscape are similar in that they rely upon only their assets to build a great photograph. Architecture is usually easier to capture, as constructed patterns and deliberate manipulation of light and space has already been fulfilled by the architects, designers and builders. Here, I have included images of an old mailing slot and stained glass windows in an old home once belonging to family, and of a window frame in Singapore.