Steve Gosling

Practical Photography (UK) - - Welcome - Steve Gosling on min­i­mal­ism

De­scrib­ing his sig­na­ture style as moody, at­mo­spheric and min­i­mal­ist, Steve has built quite a rep­u­ta­tion for his el­e­gant mono work.

“I was brought up shoot­ing on black & white film, so I learnt to see the world in shades of grey. And that has stuck with me to this day – even though I might be see­ing the world in colour through the viewfinder my brain is in­ter­pret­ing the scene in monochrome. I’ve taught my­self to ig­nore the dis­trac­tion of colour, for there are times when colour doesn’t add any­thing to the land­scape or worse, just seems to get in the way.

“My per­sonal style is very graphic and min­i­mal­ist as I take a re­duc­tion­ist ap­proach to com­po­si­tion – re­mov­ing el­e­ments to sim­plify the de­sign of a pho­to­graph as much as I can. Black & white im­ages are essen­tially about line and shape, pat­tern and tone and I like con­dens­ing a scene down to its core es­sen­tials in this way. I think at­ten­tion to com­po­si­tional de­tail is fun­da­men­tal to the suc­cess of a black & white image.

“I would also de­scribe my­self as a ‘photo-im­pres­sion­ist’ rather than a ‘photo-re­al­ist’ – I’m not in­ter­ested in pro­duc­ing an ac­cu­rate record shot of the land­scape. Here the ap­peal of black & white pho­tog­ra­phy is ob­vi­ous – it’s al­ready one step away from re­al­ity so is never go­ing to be a pic­to­rial record of a scene. And be­cause it’s non-lit­eral in this sense, view­ers of black & white pho­to­graphs seem more ac­cept­ing of ma­nip­u­lated im­ages. You don’t get the ‘you’ve cheated in Pho­to­shop’ re­sponse that is a more com­mon re­ac­tion to heav­ily worked colour shots.

“All of this means that I feel I have more li­cence to work on an image to com­mu­ni­cate mood and emo­tion – and this is the prime aim of my pho­tog­ra­phy. If a pho­to­graph com­mu­ni­cates what I feel as much, if not more, than what I see then it’s a suc­cess.”

Steve is a pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­pher who spe­cialises in pro­duc­ing creative & con­tem­po­rary land­scape and travel im­ages. His work has won many awards and he runs suc­cess­ful work­shops in lo­ca­tions across the globe. steveg­osling­pho­tog­ra­phy.co.uk

Above Steve’s monochrome land­scapes demon­strate an in­nate un­der­stand­ing of the medium and a mas­ter­ful con­trol of tone and graphic com­po­si­tion.

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