Growing out of my love for design elements during my early twenties, I picked up my very first film SLR camera back in 2003. After studying photographic principles at University of Newcastle, the original focus was on the love of landscape, particularly black and white photography. The philosophy has always been focused on bringing out the personality from the individual, holding a mirror up and reflecting that which comes naturally. The subject is always the focus, I like to get the subject involved.
Years passed and I found himself in the hustle and bustle of event photography within the party districts of Sydney. In 6 months I had attainted a well known status in this field, gaining the respect of fans, peers, and electronic artists. I discovered a performance aspect to photography, realising that when shooting events, it’s not enough to be good, you’ve got to be entertaining. As I accumulated work, Ampersand Photography was born.
After a few years working solidly at events I made the move north to Newcastle, where I decided to focus on the finer arts of photography, delving head first into the fields of weddings, portraits, travel, and music. It is this learning curve that spawned the creation of “iamampersand”, using mobile photography and social media to experiment with photographic principles, almost coming full circle. I still contribute to social media networks such as Instagram and Tumblr, where this learning curve is documented, stories told in the field, and insights into the craft. These contributions grew into the blog that is currently in existence today. It is still a work in progress, but then again, so is life.
For the last 3 years I have worked harder than ever before, taken more pictures than ever, with an emphasis on producing quality, the kind of work that I would like to see reach greater heights. The newest aspect to “Timmy Johnston Creative” is providing tutelage and guidance to those just starting out, the kind of help I wish I had in the beginning. I now provide a range of private tutoring courses for the new starter, am working on my first class, and intend to use the blog to continue to provide further insights and tips into this ever growing craft.
My philosophy in taking pictures remains the same as it did when I was first starting out. The subject is the focus, and I like to keep them in a natural environment, letting the personality shine through. I use a range of techniques to achieve the desired result, technology is used when it is useful, but there is no substitute for a keen eye, and a steady hand.
I always welcome questions, feedback, or even constructive criticism. Feel free to contact me, my details are provided to the right.