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.