Peter Pickering - A Masterful Portrait Photographer
Peter Pickering says that even across barriers of culture and language, we as human beings can still connect with each other through our gazes and expressions. Happiness, sadness, anger, and our full range of emotions are near identical no matter where on Earth you choose to travel, and portrait photography helps us to tell stories and speak about common human experiences without ever uttering a single word.
Portraits, in particular, provide an intimate, treasured look into the culture and sentiments that dominated various times throughout our history, and the current day. From paintings that now hang in national galleries to small, worn photographs in old memory boxes, we can revisit visual elements like fashion, hairstyles, and jewellery, examine and compare the limitations and unique characteristics of past and present media (for example, film cameras versus digital) and most of all, see the thread of humanity that connects us all.
THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR EXPERIENCE
Moments can happen in the blink of an eye: fleeting moments, lost in time but for the frame that captures that essence, that spark, that which is certainly worth a thousand words, or none at all. To identify those moments takes a passionate eye, one that sees beyond the beauty to the very quintessence of being, illuminating the star you really are.
A portrait photographer with a passionate eye, Peter Pickering has a body of work reflective of his lifetime of experience. Your moments are captured and then finished with artful precision, whether for professional portfolio, publicity or personal use.
Peter Pickering specialises in shooting people, portraiture for fine art, both in the studio and on location: Portrait Photography is his niche: dramatic black and white tone poetry, and vivid colour are captured with a unique artistic vision that strives to exceed even his own expectations of perfection.
PETER PICKERING'S BIO
By Astrid Young ~
Peter Pickering's first foray into photography was as the official school photographer for his high school in South Arabia at age twelve, and from there, he never looked back.
After opening his first studio, Studio 5, in Stratford-Upon-Avon, England, in 1969, he relocated to Australia in 1972. In 2013 Peter left his partnership in Perth's largest glamour photo studio, Image Style Studio, to concentrate on a more bespoke approach for a select clientele.
Citing an undeniable force that compels him to do what he does, he finds that even those rare occasions when he doesn’t have a camera in his hands, he is always composing and capturing moments in his minds eye: moments that can happen in the blink of an eye, fleeting moments to be captured for posterity.
Heavily influenced by iconic portrait photographer Yousuf Karsh, street photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson, and glamour photographer Paul Barry, Peter Pickering’s focus (pun intended) has been on portrait photography.
Peter Pickering is a founding member and former president of Rockingham Photography Club, West Australia’s largest camera club, was Vice President of the West Australian Photographic Federation (WAPF), and once employed twelve photographic teams operating throughout WA and Tasmania whilst managing a busy photo studio specialising in glamour and model portfolios.
His initial experience goes back 57 years with large format 5x4 cameras, logging thousands of darkroom hours, processing and printing. These days, of course, the medium is digital, and his post-production expertise focuses on computer editing and manipulation, an enterprise that he finds both creative and rewarding.
Still actively teaching, Peter Pickering seeks to spark the same kind of passion and commitment in his students that has given him a lifetime of creative inspiration.
With a large collection of vintage medium-format cameras, Peter Pickering is recognised as an authority on Yashica and Mamiya medium-format TLR cameras, and spends his spare time chasing a passionate niche: shooting black and white in urban and street settings. After fifty-odd years of photography, one would think he’d learned it all, but as a perfectionist he realises he still has so much more to learn. Peter is always driven to do better, each new day a potential learning experience.