Jack Challem

Fine-art pho­tog­ra­pher Jack re­minds us that travel can stim­u­late a per­son’s cre­ativ­ity

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I was born in Mon­treal and now live in Tuc­son, Ari­zona. I write books on nu­tri­tion and health and lec­ture to con­sumer and med­i­cal groups. I travel a lot, both around the US and the world. In 2011 I re­duced my work sched­ule to part-time to fo­cus more on my fine-art pho­tog­ra­phy.

When Nikon in­tro­duced the D800 [1] in 2012, I sold off my Has­sel­blad film gear to help pay for the new Nikon and three lenses. My favourite lens is the Nikon 16-35mm. The Nikon 50mm f/1.8 [2] is a beau­ti­ful por­trait lens, and when I can’t get close to my sub­ject, my Nikon 70-200mm f/4 lens [3] comes in handy. My su­per-light­weight 3POD tri­pod has proved it­self field-wor­thy when I can’t carry my heav­ier Manfrotto and ones. I use the Slik AF2100 pis­tol grip [4] with the Manfrotto; I like its speed and flex­i­bil­ity, and I find pis­tol grips bet­ter than or­di­nary ball heads.

Travel stim­u­lates my pho­tog­ra­phy. I was in Ja­pan twice in 2013, and I’ll visit again later this year. I was lucky enough to have the White Sands (New Mex­ico, USA) pho­to­graph be­low selected for Nikon’s world­wide 2014 cal­en­dar, which is quite an hon­our. I’ve been ex­per­i­ment­ing with painterly post-pro­cess­ing for some of my pho­to­graphs; it’s a mul­ti­step process that does not rely on Pho­to­shop.

Ky­oto, Ja­pan Two women paus­ing un­der

a shrine’s ga tes

White Sands La te a fter­noon ligh t on the dunes is sim­ply in­spir­ing

B nson, Ari­zona I post-pro­cessed this im­age

wi th a pain terly ef fec t

All Souls’ Proc ssion I love this por­trai t wi th i ts shal­low dep th of field

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