About the Photographer
Hi, I'm Kain; part-time photographer, part-time web designer, part-time creative strategist and a full-time dreamer. I live in Sydney Australia, am married to a beautiful woman and have two small children that keep me on my toes. Born in the mid 70's, i grew up around the Commodore 64, Nintendos, Polaroid cameras and 35mm portable cameras. From the late 80's and early 90's I toyed with VHS video, amateur theatre and radio. By the mid 90's I was lucky enough to start a career in New Media which allowed me to develop skills in digital imaging, animation, compositing, digital video and the design and production techniques required to create interactive media. The Internet was just starting to wheedle it's way into our everyday lives and my career zigged and zagged as it grew into the serious platform for business and entertainment that it is today. It would be fair to say that I am, in essence, a 21st century digital boy.
Analogue & Digital
With my life so completely and utterly consumed by digital production, my hand-made Lomo LCA-II camera is my escape from the clutches of technical perfection. For those who don't know what a Lomo is, you can read more about it on wikipedia and lomography.com. But to summarise, it is a failed Russian spy camera developed by the KGB during the cold war, but which developed into a cult photographic movement in the early 90's and has since spun off to embrace a range of other artistic photographic styles and novelty cameras. There are "10 rules of lomography" where the basic idea is to "shoot from the hip" and never look through the eyepiece ensuring that the end result is random, un-staged and unique.
For me, I love using film which provides me with an anchor to simpler days when a single photo was taken and you wouldn't know how the shot turned out for the weeks, months or years that it took for you to process your film. With film, you don't take 15 shots and choose the best one... instead, you rattle off 36 shots and hope that 8 of them are salvagable and 2 of them are great. Taking photos with a lomo camera is thrilling and keeps me passionate about making art from light.
I consider myself to be a serious amatuer photographer: I'm technially proficient across a range of photographic disciplines, I have a good eye for composition, design and colour, i'm passionate about what I do and my long term goal is to generate sustainable revenue from my craft. In case you are interested, here's what I use:
On the digital side, my equipment is more pro-sumer centric:
The Web Guy
I've been designing, producing and marketing websites, web applications, video and mobile services since 1995. Over that time i've become quite proficient in most digital production techniques including web design, project management, creative direction, user experience design and I know how to operate a bunch of software to get the job done. At various points i've also been a:
Truth be told, I just love making cool stuff and developing new skills. At present my world is mostly consumed with my role as Creative Director of PhotoMerchant.net, but I look forward to developing my DSLR skillset and becoming a more qualified and professional photographer. In the meantime, i'll keep exploring, learning and shooting from the hip.
I hope you enjoy my browsing my website and the images in my Lomo Gallery.
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