interested in neither labels nor boundaries


Winter Mind

I have been serious about my photography for the last 15 years. I studied photography in London, graduating with distinction in 2000. I started out as a landscape phtographer, evolving into an interpretive landscape photographer, moving intot he studio to capture ice, smoke, water and dead birds (don't ask why...)

Somewhere along the way, once I had 'mastered' (with a little m) the technical aspects of photograhy, I lost my mojo. Did the world need another shot of a sunrise? a beach? Who wants an image of a dead bird frozen in ice on their wall? Every 2 minutes as manay photos as were taken uin the last century are uploaded to the internet. Who do I need to add mine? Going nowhere fast.

Then I found my mojo again. Thanks to my BFF and mentor on all things photographically Silvi Glattauer, and the love and support of my wife Marianne.

I began photographing again for me, just for the fun of it and making images of things I feel strongly about: the use of breat cancer as a marketing tool, the abuse of children by the church, looking after the planet and being kinder and welcoming to new Australians. All of a sudden I was becoming an image activist and I loved it. I do still love the interpretive landscape shoot - just because I love being out and about with my camera, and you never know when you will need that shot in a montage - and my fascination with capturing the beauty of depth remains as strong as ever.

I enjoy the thought process of creating images to communicate what I am feeling and the technical challenge that comes with photo montaging. I am back learning and being challenged. A long way to go before I will be really happy with my work again technicallu or emotionally, and I like that. Plenty of room to grow and lots of messages to get out.

Winter Mind came about as I struggle with the way we are treating asylum seekers that come by boat as a 'problem'. There must be a better way, a kinder way. In the second verse of our National Anthem we state - "for those who've come across the seas, we've boundless plains to share ... with courage let us all combine". How come we sing it but don;t live by it anymore? Haven't we always come by boat? So why has it become such a problem now? Maybe we can become kinder and more welcoming, like we were before.

Ollie Cool.

Many Thanks to Mr Stan Bury for his help and support in printing and framing this work. He helped me with many of the technical aspects and I really appreciate that. Check out his work on Beach Art and Framing Ulladulla.

From Twitter

#TEDxDelft awesome work by the Jongens van der Tekenningen Great concept well executed very nice guys to talk to. Success boys.

About 2 years ago from Ollie Cool's Twitter via Twitter for iPhone