Well, here we go. After some time in the planning welcome to my new website and my new photography business, Alexander Fraser Photography.
The business has been set up to make use of the 30+years experience I have in photography, photographing everything from mineral specimens and insects to buildings and landscapes and all subjects in between. You see, I graduated as a geologist in 1981 and took up photography to illustrate my thesis, which included geologically important landscapes as well as macro and micro photographs of mineral and rock specimens. It was a steep learning curve but both the aesthetic and scientific elements of photography hooked me and I was quickly taking photographs for personal satisfaction and to catalogue my own mineral and rock collection. My camera went everywhere with me and I would try my hand at anything, including portraiture, wildlife, sport and buildings.
It wasn’t long before I became the “official” photographer at family events and I covered weddings, on a casual basis, for some friends as the years went by. As far as commercial photography was concerned I was asked by some of my previous employers to provide photographs of staff members as well as construction projects, both in progress and on completion. I built up a pretty impressive portfolio in this way, photographing anything from the interiors of churches to huge cement silos that were used to load railway wagons. Unfortunately, those photographs are in the archives of my previous employers and my digital back-catalogue isn’t as extensive as I would like to start off the new business.
I now use high quality digital equipment and the speed and versatility of digital has opened up new avenues of creativity that simply weren’t available with film. I can also honestly say that with the best equipment the quality now also surpasses what could be achieved with 35 mm film stock and all available at a much reduced time scale and cost. Mastering digital imaging is about much more than pressing the shutter button, however, as a working knowledge of digital imaging software is also necessary to get the best out of a photograph, both in terms of quality and in realising the client’s requirements for creative vision. To that end I have spent many hours working on and learning Photoshop and Lightroom and recently completed a Photoshop course at the City of Glasgow College. I do all editing on a colour calibrated monitor, preferring to handle this work myself to ensure complete control of the creative process.
You can check out my more creative work at my personal website, TwoPeople Photography. This contains mainly landscapes and wildlife images and it should give you an idea of my personal vision. I hope you like what you see at TwoPeople and on the Galleries on this website.
‘Til next time