In the series, ‘Lobster Photographers’ Stories’, we can get an insight into the lives of our different photographs from around the world.
This week we are sharing the story of Craig Martin who’s an Artist but found Photography in his time of need.
A little about me
My name is Craig Martin and I’m a New Zealander living in the Netherlands with my Dutch wife with two children. I’m an artist and have been for the last 25 years. As you can imagine after that long as an artist my energy levels were struggling to keep up. I had been very sick in 2010 and spent 3 months in the hospital. 2011 was recovering time for me. I didn’t have the energy to paint and that led to my interest in photography. All of my creative ideas and juices slowly came back to me and were flowing through me once more!
I wasn’t that great at school as was quite a dreamer during lessons but always performed well during my art lessons and was always drawing.
When I was a child I grew up in New Zealand, I wasn’t that great at school as was quite a dreamer during lessons but always performed well during my art lessons and was always drawing. When I turned 18 I moved to Australia working odd jobs as my parents couldn’t afford to send me to art school but woke up one day deciding to set my career on art. I enrolled at an art school in Adelaide during the early 90’s. I tried several times to enroll for photography, but it was always full up so I didn’t have the chance to pick it up when I was young; In a way this is a blessing as I was able to pick it up much later in life and it’s changed me, as a person, and perspective on life for the better.
I finally felt free and able to be creative without lifting a paint brush.
When I found photography
What got me into photography in the first place was that I started off with a little point and shoot (nothing too fancy) — just something I could put into my pocket and just whip it out when needed. It was the therapy I needed, but the best bit was it didn’t require me to talk for hours to someone about my life. I finally felt free and able to be creative without lifting a paintbrush.
It allowed me to express myself in a way paint and canvases wouldn’t allow me to.
I soon grew out of the point and shoot and looked up online for what would be my next camera and bought myself a Sony A57. As soon as I held the camera I knew my photography and meaning for creativity would change and it did. It allowed me to express myself in a way paint and canvases wouldn’t allow me to. Recently I purchased the Sony A6000 mirrorless camera and it’s pushed me further than I could have ever imagined. I just love the size of it, it’s not as small as a point and shoot but not as big as DSLR which is great for me.
Following the photography path
I am a figurative painter when I paint and this carries through to my photography as I like to shoot people and portraits of people. I also like shooting in macro which is a big representation of the world I live in; you see my world is very small so I tend to implement this through my photography. When I shoot in macro, most of it is done in my garden.
Once you start looking for objects to shoot, you can’t stop and everything is an opportunity to shoot with my lens.
Honestly, once you start looking for objects to shoot, you can’t stop and everything is an opportunity to shoot with my lens. The trouble is what plagues a lot of photographers is finding the “perfect” image, which stayed with me for a while, but now I try to capture the mood, feeling of a place/situation and don’t sweat the small things about photography anymore. I am always pushing myself and feel that there is always something to learn, so I always teach myself something new about photography- which is exciting! I feel that in about five years time I would like to have my work refined so I can feel confident that it will look great for exhibitions.
Three things in the industry that inspire me
Looking into the photography industry I would have to say my current three inspirational pieces/photographers at the moment are; Kasimir Matarov, who won the 2013 Nature and Wildlife competition hosted by Sony World Photography. When I look at this picture, I can really gain a sense of how he made it. He captures powerful images of nature with super-macro shots of insects which are artistically composed in my opinion.
I also like Irving Penn, his flower compositions are spare and highly organised, which is something that I love as I study a lot of detail in photography which adds into the simplicity of his work. Also looking at his portraiture work, it feels inspiring for me as his use of detail and simple compositions inspire my work.
Thirdly I would have to say Flickr is one of my main point of calls for inspiration when I am having a hard time finding inspiration and vision for a project I instantly search on there.
Who else on Lobster feels that Photography is a Therapy for them? (I certainly do! It really helps me to wind down at the weekend from working all week.)
Let us know in the comments below!
A big thank you to Craig for giving us a brilliant insight into his wonderful world. If you feel inspired by Craig’s interview and you want to share your story write to us at [email protected]