The Surreal World of Flatearther
He looks ordinary – but he doesn’t see ordinary. His camera is like everyone else’s - but his pictures are far from that. He lives in the real world – but he sneaks away to visit the ‘Other’ world – and he brings things back. His subjects look unexceptional .... at first glance. When he studies something – he doesn’t see it quite the way others see it. He’s ‘at home’ by a computer as he is in a cemetery – or a toxic waste dump. His home is in Bundeena – and his heart is in Transylvania- and Liliput– and Xanadu and Eden. He’s a photographer – and a sculptor - and an illustrator – and a storyteller – and a writer – and a mechanic – an artist by anyone’s yardstick.
Once took pictures for giant corporations as well as for normal individuals – he took them for money or for art. He was as agile with a 4x5 Toyoview monorail camera in an open-cut coal mine in the La Trobe Valley as he was with a 35mm Pentax depicting conflicts in the streets of Sydney - or a wedding in Castle Hill, or a celebrity shoot at the Conservatorium of Music.
In his time he was known to criticize others – as a popular, sought-after judge on the camera club circuit – and to judge the Sydney International Exhibition of Photography – and the Royal Easter Show. His public lecture – ‘The Psychology of the Photograph’ usually fills a good community hall with eager camera & art enthusiasts. He was invited to contribute four of his best prints to the permanent collection of the Melbourne Art Gallery – they’re still there - maybe see them on your next visit.
These days, Flatearther has a gallery space in Bundeena. He teaches and creates images designed to entertain, to inspire, and sometimes, perhaps, to amuse or even unsettle. Either way, his guests are welcomed to view and to discuss and to share their love of all the arts. Visitors come to do just that. They are even able to make a purchase of their choice – or view his other archived material. He is also available as a public speaker.
Current Residence: Bundeena, Australia
deviantWEAR sizing preference: legal clothing
Print preference: mural
Favourite genre of music: Northumbrian Pipes
Favourite photographer: Bill Brandt
Favourite style of art: Surreal
Operating System: Hospital
MP3 player of choice: brown
Shell of choice: scallop
Wallpaper of choice: floral
Skin of choice: fore
Favourite cartoon character: asterix
Personal Quote: things have a tendency to be the way they are