EWW: Elaine, if you had to write an artist statement today about your photography and your artistry, what would it say?
Elaine: Nature choreographed by Elaine Hunter. Magical photography with inspired use of colour and digital imagery. I was born in the UK, and was always fascinated by the world around me. As a child, I could usually be found somewhere out alone in the middle of fields of flowers, or paddling in a local pond. As I grew up I always had a camera close by, and became a professional photographer in 2003. With the advancement of digital photography, I have discovered the perfect medium to create dramatic one-of-a-kind images. I love the journey from the camera lenses to the computer, where I create the finished pieces of art. My experience consists of over 10 years of perfecting my skill and technique in the art of image making through photographic manipulation. However, the artistic eye for composition, color and harmony are embedded in my soul. I am simply connected to Nature in a way I cannot explain, and in the quiet of the moment, Nature communicates with me guiding my eye. My goal is to uplift, inspire and support you on your journey through life. I wish to excite you as you gaze upon the images of Nature that I create. I feel that I am revealing the soul of Nature, and hope that you too, experience the love that I have in my heart for the world around me.
EWW: What do you see as the difference between photography and fine art Photography?
Elaine: Some thoughts…. The production of images to fulfill the creative vision of a photographer. Photography done to express the artist’s perceptions and emotions and to share them with others. Fine art is about quality The goal is an artistic rendering of a subject in the finest manner possible.
It should have a lyrical quality. It should transport you to a different place. Fine art photography should open a window onto another world, the world
the artist is inviting the audience into. I intend my photographs to be taken seriously as Art, as opposed to being just a pretty picture or documentation of something or someone.
EWW: If I were to walk into an exhibition that included many works from many photographers, could I immediately know which ones were yours? If so, why?
Elaine: Yes my work would definitely be recognizable, it has great use of colour, is unique and full of drama. It often makes you think about whether it is real or not.
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EWW: Do you have any style in your photography that seems to repeat itself from one work to another? (I.e. color. perspective, types of shots, movement, etc.)
Elaine: Movements is in almost all of my work, I was a dance school owner/teacher for 30 years in Ontario and still teach dance in Halfmoon Bay BC, I now also choreograph nature as well as dancers. I also love colour and depth and try to make the viewers keep looking at the work finding new interesting elements and then move back to the original subject. I like to make the viewers feel an emotion. Fear, happiness, peace, drama are some of them.
EWW: What inspires you as a photographer and artist and why?
Elaine: Nature inspires me, I find its power, beauty and versatility almost overpowering and try to create pieces with drama and emotion in them. Some of my work is pretty scary.
EWW: Tell us about your training in photography?
Elaine: I am completely self taught, I always had a camera with me even in my youth but I have spent the last 10 years learning my new skills and so that has meant thousands of hours taking photographs and sitting at my computer learning how to create the images I want as the final product. With the development of digital photography I am able to create the excitement I feel about our world and can try to help others to feel that same excitement.
EWW: What do you see as major challenges for photographers today, in terms of promoting and marketing their work?
Elaine: There are billions of images out there and millions of us creating them. Luck plays a part in being FOUND in this huge supply of work.
EWW: How are you managing these challenges?
Elaine: I think there are many opportunities available to show our work today. I believe that hard work and applying for exhibitions, entering good competitions can all help an artist become noticed. I think we have to be unique and create something that people are drawn to. Change things up a bit, create new worlds etc.
Depending on the market segment you are targeting, using social media such as Facebook and Twitter may be appropriate. Regardless, your website should be the anchor of your marketing, featuring a tight edit of images, and a clear message, with simple navigation.
Portfolio review events have evolved in recent years to become an important forum for artists, others are regional in focus, and still others offer meetings with a range of international curators, gallery directors, photo editors, publishers and more. Some events now offer opportunities to meet with industry professionals in one market segment, others, with a broad cross-section
I work very hard to find new avenues to promote my work I exhibit locally and apply for many exhibitions that I find online. I am rejected and accepted, I stay positive.
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EWW: Do you use social media to market your work? If you do, which one(s) seem to work best for you?
Elaine: Facebook seems to be successful for me, I have thousands of friends on there and they comment about my work all the time.
EWW: Is there anything else Elaine that you think would be important to know about you as an artist or photographer?
Elaine: I am passionate person and this comes out in my work. When I see people viewing my work and commenting on the subject I feel I have done my job, I make people think about our world and perhaps they will take good care of it.