Please introduce yourself in 20 words or less
My photography is based around artistic practices including abstract, impressionistic and long exposure techniques and also includes fine art printing of my work, and I run workshops on various aspects of photography.
Was photography your first career choice?
No, I am an electrician by trade and have only turned photography into a business in my later years.
How did you go from photography being a hobby to doing it full time? I spent many years photographing things I love, and along the way was asked to sell prints of my work, and also do commercial jobs. I continue to do both of those things, and also now teach photography at MAMA Art Gallery, plus run other photographic workshops.
What is the favourite part of your work?
I love creating images that can elicit feelings and emotions in the viewer, and also create some sort of change in society. This can be through showcasing the beauty of our environment, and also highlighting social issue we currently face.
Over the last few years what type of photography work have you been doing?
The past few years have been spent between doing photography commercially (events, portraiture and printing) and also artistically (personal projects and exhibiting). Have also been running workshops and classes of the past few years on photography (basic and more advanced photography techniques, printing, editing, portraiture, photographic equipment, etc)
Are there any projects you are working on at the moment?
I have been working on the Mirage Albury Project over the past few months, which has been an iteration of the Mirage Project started by Taiwanese artist Yao Jui-Chung. This project looks at dis-used public buildings and re-purposing them for creative and artistic uses. This project is ongoing and is now looking at public housing conditions of lower social economic groups, both locally and eventually across Australia.
What type of gear are you using at the moment and what is the one piece of equipment you wished you had?
Currently I use Nikon D800e full frame camera and lenses, and lighting including Rotolight LED continuous lights, Nikon speedlights, and Bowens studio lighting. I also use Formatt Hitech Firecrest filters for my long exposure work.
What excites you about travel and photography? I love showing what is wonderful about our environment and the people in it, and helping other photographers to create images that they truly love.
What are your sources of inspiration and do you ever go through times when you think lets move on from this type of work?
I am inspired by nature and love being a part of this beautiful planet, and also am inspired by other individuals that follow their dreams.
What is the worst piece of advice you have heard given to someone that wants to make a career out of photography? Just build a photography page on Facebook and advertise yourself as a photographer....no one starts out as a professional anything!! It takes passion and dedication to become a good photographer, and a lot more than that to make a career out of it. Only 20% of your time will be spent as a photographer, the other 80% will be on your business.
What is the one aspect you find the most difficult about running a photographic business?
For me personally, marketing myself as a photographer has been the hardest, and creating a consistent flow of customers.
If there was one destination you could travel to and photograph where would it be?South Africa...I love nature and plants, and SA has amazing diversity in plant life and landscape.
Where can we follow your work?
Web- www.dirkwallace.com www.createnetwork.com.au www.miragealbury.com
Flickr - www.flickr.com/dirkwallace/
Instagram - www.instagram.com/dirkwallace/