Friday Featured Photographer #3: Jim Worrall
It’s been a busy week for me, with a bit of commercial photography work on for a dance company down here in Melbourne, and so this week’s Friday Featured Photographer nearly became a Saturday Featured Photographer. Of course, that just wouldn’t be right, so here goes…
I’ve always been amazed at the degree of modesty exhibited by the best photographers over on RedBubble. Those who show the greatest talent seem to be the most humble, leaving their artwork to speak for itself. Jim Worrall is one of these photographers.
Jim’s professional background is in the printing industry, where he has worked as an electronics technician for the last 30 years. His background in photography only goes back a few years to 2006, when he took up photography in response to a creative urge and a sense that something was missing from his life… and already he is producing artworks that possess a degree of technical perfection that leave the seasoned pros of RedBubble envious!
Jim started off by photographing his pet dogs (who enjoyed the attention!) using a point-and-shoot camera, during which time he studied the concepts of composition and exposure. He discovered the power and flexibility of exposure bracketing and blending in early 2007, and stumbled onto the versatility of the High Dynamic Range (HDR) technique as it became popular on the Internet around that time. In late 2007, he took the next step by buying a DSLR camera and a few lenses.
It was at about the same time that Jim was introduced to RedBubble, which encouraged him to attend photography meets and post his artwork online. RedBubble has allowed Jim to meet many “like minded” people and to form some wonderful friendships through the site. I have a lot of respect for Jim’s philosophy on posting artwork online to sites such as RedBubble:
The images that I post online are the ones that I find personally interesting and not necessarily the images that I think might be popular. When I manage to sell a print every now and then I consider it to be a compliment and a bonus.
These days, Jim considers photography to be more of an obsession than a hobby: the art form is always on his mind, even as he engages in other activities. I can totally sympathise with that feeling, and think that it shows through in the technical proficiency and professionalism that Jim consistently displays in the artwork that he publishes!
In addition to his folio on RedBubble, Jim also publishes an amazing blog, “photography by jim worrall – (the blog)”, and hosts his own web site, “Photography by Jim Worrall”. If you are looking to be inspired in your own photographic work, it is well worth clicking through to explore each of these links!