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James Eracleous

Work is around Melbourne CBD, pretty much anything with a camera and computer!

High School;
> De La Salle's Principals Honours List 2011
> De La Salle's Year 10 Academic Excellence Award for Photography for 2011
> De La Salle's "Blue and Gold" Magazine.
> De La Salle's Roll Call Magazine twice in 2011.
> De La Salle's Art Exhibition twice in 2011 and again in 2012.
> De La Salle's Co-Photographer 2010 -
> Albert Park Art Exhibition (Competition) (Winner of "Best Digital Print or Photograph")
> Photography Documentary Co-Staring James Liu (DisposedTrolley)
> Double and Full Spreads on MacKillop Family Service's "Connect" Magazine and Advertising Brochures.

I, personally, don't set up my photos. It's just simply my nature. I don't want to be judged on my nature, as I don't believe anyone should be judge for things beyond their control. That said, I don't want to have people compare my photographs to well set up photos. I don't despise setting up, it's just not for me. I prefer to capture the world around me as it happens, and when I miss such an opportunity, I feel a little sad on the fact that a moment won’t ever repeat itself. Digital editing is something similar. A few touch-ups is fair enough, but when you start adding objects and manipulating a photo or photograph so much, is it still what you saw through the lens, or is it a digital picture now? That is why I think film is more pure, but not always for everyone.
Nature is beautiful enough. Get the right angle and camera settings, and even God will be impressed.
I think photography is a bit like a religion. More specifically, photographers spend more of their lives behind the lens than in front of it, and more often than not, they are not captured for who they are, but what they do. Photographers are the scribes of the future. I believe a true photographer should devote his life to documenting the world. I believe it wrong that the public views photographers as a threat. Given that cameras are now integrated to almost every phone, anyone who is first on scene can be the reporter, and the uniqueness and alchemic atmosphere to photography has all but vanished. True photographers still have an obligation to record life. Be it still life or moving life; life in city or life in Sahara; human life or animal life, human nature, mother nature or the nature of life, a photograph tells a story, and that is different from a photo, which is a bunch of pixels strung together at a party.
Over so much controversy, these things can be documented in one eight-thousandth of a second. This remarkable speed may seem so fleeting, but the photo can last a lifetime, if not more. It can show small children what their great-great-great grandparents looked like, laboured like and lived like.

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