Photographer Tim Campbell
Photographer Tim Campbell by Jem Cresswell.
This week, elements ventured north to the sunny climes of Dunsborough, dropping in on the crew at the Sprinkler Collective for a coffee along the way. In the mix at this innovative collection of creative professionals is Photographer Tim Campbell. Impressed by his fine work, we wanted to know a little more…
Can you tell our readers where you are from? What is it that you do and where you grew up?
My name is Tim Campbell and I am an oceanic photographer from Dunsborough, Western Australia. I grew up in Geraldton, Western Australia and have worked on the ocean my whole life, from cray fishing and living on the Houtman Abrolhos Islands to working on offshore search and rescue teams on the North West Shelf, my life has always revolved around the sea.
What got you into photography?
Being an only child I spent a lot of time alone generating ideas to entertain myself, this inevitably led me down the path of the creative mindset. Photography is how I project my daydreams onto a viewable medium.
What were the challenges you faced coming to this point in your career.
The fear of the unknown. Leaving a secure employment situation and starting a business on your own poses many great challenges, the greatest being stress. Learning how to suppress this emotion has become key in the growth of my business.
Any gear horror stories ie: water housing leaks, lost luggage, etc…
The first day I ever used my water housing I went to a local shore break with a group of friends thinking I was the new Clark Little. I ran to the shoreline and jumped straight into a set wave, got pumped, let go of my housing, snapped the leash and lost the whole rig. I was freaking, I came up screaming “Where is it!? Where is it!?”, luckily my friend found it 10 minutes later and 20 metres down the beach. Everything was intact and the bulging 8 inch dome port didn’t have a scratch, the most damage was to my pride. Today I maintain my gear meticulously and assess every variable before I enter the water, I have also realised that I will never be Clark Little, he has his own thing going on..
Who inspires you today?
Any man or woman who stands tall in the face of adversity, who is in the arena on a daily basis getting their arse kicked and getting back up stronger than when they fell down. I find my greatest inspiration in witnessing the resilience of the independent individuals I work along side every day, all paving their own unique paths to fulfilment and daring to be different.
What makes the best photograph?
A powerfully composed moment void of distraction, forcing the viewer to subconsciously connect with the subject, in turn freeing the mind and enabling the photographer to convey the exact emotion he felt when creating that photograph.
Tools of the trade and your favourite set up at the moment.
I use Canon camera systems along with Aquatech Imaging Solutions water housings to take my photography into the water. My favourite setup is the one which I can forget about in the field because it is so user friendly and well laid out (hence Canon and Aquatech). I use an EOS 5D3 body and my favourite lens would be the EF 50mm 1.2L USM, simply because this focal length is the closest to the human eye field of view which enables me to best portray my thoughts.
What else should we know about you?
I am colour blind and need glasses, how this means I am able to create compelling photographs AND produce my own prints beats me but hey it works! So if you see me out and about please come and say hi, I love meeting new people, I just get weird looks when I squint to see who’s across the street..
Where else can we see your work?
My portfolio along with online shop can be found at www.timcampbellphoto.com.
Also if you happen to be in Dunsborough, Western Australia come on down to the Sprinkler Creative Collective HQ found above The Pour House on 26 Dunn Bay Rd, you can view my prints on display and vs one of the Sprinkler members in Foosball, if you dare!