WONTHAGGI photographer Trevor Foon has been named the 2019 Australian Alternate Processes Photographer of the Year at the prestigious national Australian Institute of Professional Photography Awards.
Trevor won the coveted award for his photograph, which was created using a vintage camera and historic photographic processes.
Trevor says most photographers today use digital cameras and editing software to create their photographs.
“My images are unique because I use vintage cameras and historic photographic processes to capture and create each one.
“They begin with glass or metal plates and bottles of chemicals. They are all done by hand and each one is a special as my own children,” Trevor said.
He says using vintage equipment and processes requires a great degree of craft and skill.
“I grew up with this technology and I don’t want to lose those skills.
“My system doesn’t require a computer, printers, inks or any degree of modern technology.
“It is empowering to make images using the principles of photography, an understanding of lighting and whoever I photograph gets a small history lesson in these skills.”
Trevor says it took three days to prepare for the shoot and he sourced old gas cylinders, props from local thrift shops and vintage artefacts to create the image ‘Rocket Man’.
His winning photograph, known as a tintype, is made by creating a direct positive onto a sheet of metal coated with enamel.
“The tintype is made in-camera; there is no way to manipulate, retouch, burn or dodge a tintype.
“What comes out of the camera is the final image and there are no second chances to reshoot.”
Trevor Foon snaps up a prestigious photography award