Q + A: Damian Seagar


How would you describe what you do to someone who hasn’t seen your art?

My photography is inspired by the vast, varied and sparse Australian landscape. I choose to only shoot on film; I love the way that certain stocks [can] portray and enhance the texture, colour and contrast of the landscape.

How long have you been practicing as an artist?

I have been shooting film since I was 17. I’m 36 now, and have been focusing on fine art landscapes for the past five years. Shooting film is a discipline unto itself; it takes many years of experimenting to be confident and adept at it.

What materials do you use and why?

I shoot all my photographs on film across a wide variety of brands and speeds, on a mixture of colour and black-and-white. I love the challenge and discipline of using film, along with the naturalistic aesthetic and colours that are produced. I pride myself on never altering the image in any way. What you see is the result of how it was exposed and captured on the negative – or positive. I also discipline myself to take only one or two photos of any given image, which enhances the value if an image is a one-off, and encourages more care and focus when shooting.

What do you aim to achieve through your art?

I would like to present a beautiful and uncluttered image to the viewer; somewhere quiet and still to rest the eye for a time. I aim to let the magic of film’s natural grain and colour palette to present a slightly otherworldly image.

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