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"Photographics by Bruce Mortimer"
2002-12-10 until 2003-01-15
ZA South Africa
Bruce Mortimer is one of South Africa's best known photographers working primarily in black and white to capture scenes on film which evoke his passion for nature, texture, interactions of culture and the environment, and many other subjects. He has been self employed since 1995 and has travelled widely seeking the inspiration which he finds in the strangest places and simplest compositions.
Bruce believes in a balanced approach to his work, remaining directly involved in the production and marketing of his photographs, and spending time doing both professional and personal activities which often involve his wife and family. His three boys are still too little to use a camera, but they love playing in the dunes of the Namib Desert.
Bruce's training in art and his continued love of painting contribute greatly to his photography, while his education as an earth scientist provides some deeper understanding of his subject. This has formed a multifaceted personal approach to life which includes playing musical instruments, working with his hands to create functional furniture, and actively pursuing personal, academic and spiritual growth in many forms. Bruce used dedicated panoramic cameras and often orientates his long compositions vertically creating an unusual sense of depth and eastern mystique, which have captured the imagination of many clients throughout South Africa and as far afield as the USA, England, Australia, Chile, China, Kenya, Hong Kong, Scandinavia and many others. Bruce has exhibited widely within the country alongside top artists. Although having achieved a certain degree of commercial success with his photography the emphasis has remained on the love of producing unique work and being able to provide people with a soulful interpretation of our unique landscapes.
Handprinted fibre-based black and white photograph