Here are 3 amazing images from Che Chorley, an Adelaide based photographer who will exhibit at the third stop of the Lose Yourself Somewhere National Photographic Exhibition taking place at The Mill Gallery from 6 - 8 December. Head along and see them in all their detail.
Q: How did it all start? Did you always want to be a photographer?
I matured late in the photographic realm, I didn’t pick up a camera with any real zeal until I was 25, I’d been studying marine biology at university and felt I needed an aesthetic interpretation to complement what I was learning in the laboratory. Like all surfers, or anyone who spends time in the ocean it’s inevitable to want to capture the affections of the sea and for me this meant photography. I began photographing more and more until the point where I decided a change in career path was calling and enrolled to study photography, I’ve never look backed and never been happier.
Q: Tell us how you interpreted “Lose Yourself Somewhere”?
Lose Yourself Somewhere is an easy brief for me. It’s what I do, every time I hit the road or skies, every time you see a sunrise over the cliffs from the ocean, every time you dive beneath the surface. As a photographer, I have an insatiable desire to shoot, new sights, sounds, light. A desire which means I’m constantly seeking new challenges and losing myself, whether it be taking the road less traveled or occasionally not taking a road at all. I strive to take shots you’ve never seen, from places you may never visit, or shots you’ll never envisage from a place you’ve visited many times before,
Q: How would you describe your style?
I’m rarely without a camera, I’d like to think I take my camera into situations where others may not and consequently I capture sights others may never see. Whether it be a hike or a swim, ride or flight, my camera is with me and my style reflects that. It’s spontaneous yet considered, serious but humorous.
Q: What type of cameras do you shoot with?
I shoot with Nikon digital with Aquatech gear when I’m in the water. I’ll occasionally break out a 35mm or 120 film camera for personal work, it’s a luxury I’m determined to continue to allow myself, there is nothing quite like watching a photograph literally develop in front of your eyes. I believe it’s also important to know where photography has come from to have a better understanding of where it can go.
Q: What or who inspires you?
I’m inspired by many photographers, both from the digital generation and the pioneers of photography. Frank Hurley, one of Australia’s greats has taught me to take my camera to extremes. Ray Collins has redefined what a surf photograph can look like, Shane Smith has taught me what is possible in my home state of South Australia, and Tina Modotti has taught me what a beautiful photograph looks like. One of the beauties of the art form is that when you see great photography it pushes, questions, inspires and reminds you of why you picked up a camera in the first place. Other photographers are not competition, we are all in this together, to make beautiful imagery, other photographers are stimulus to create, fuel to stoke fire, inspiration for their contemporaries and generations to come.