| Artist's Statement
Steve Payter Photographer and Fine Art Printer
My work is intuitive and opportunistic and is fed primarily by my love of travel. A camera is never far from my hands and I shoot instinctively, responding to an almost subconscious recognition of a point of interest, which sometimes only becomes apparent to me when Im reviewing the days shots.
Capturing the base image is the first of three distinct phases of my workflow. Back in the studio, its an exciting moment when I see potential in a shot and start to visualise how I want the finished print to look - and its this decision that motivates and determines the second and third studio based phases of my work- editing and printing/presenting the image.
The editing process takes various routes - from emulating the refinements and techniques traditionally used in the darkroom to experimenting with digital filters and adjustments - until I'm satisfied that the final print conveys the subtleties, detail, tonal values and mood of my perception of the image.
My experience as a Fine Art Printer drives my approach to the printing and presentation phase, and I actively explore and experiment with the more alternative methods of finishing my images, using aluminium and specialist papers and adopting an "open frame approach" which allows the work to break from the confines of traditional framing and speak for itself.
And that completes the three distinct stages capturing, editing and presenting that define my approach to my work.