THE MAN BEHIND THE LENS There are two types of photographers out there. Firstly there are those that have an innate love of the process, the equipment, the history, the application of photography not matter what the subject matter is. Secondly there are those that have an inner love for a specific subject matter and just choose a camera to record what they see. As a photographer Scott falls into the second the category. He has this deep appreciation for architecture and the built environment, this ability to comprehend what is going on and an understanding as to what is trying to be achieved through design. He could have chosen to sketch or paint his subject matter but instead he utilises his exceptional skills in photography to bring us wonderfully composed and technically crafted architectural images. In an age where most photographers have to diversify their subject matter in order to remain viable Scott has been fortunate enough to have created a niche market for himself by shooting solely architecture and interiors. This has allowed him to practice in this field since he established his first studio and hone his skills to deliver high end work for discerning clients. He has been asked to shoot just about all types of architecture ranging from large scale commercial buildings and sporting stadiums to small residential works and intimate interior spaces. Scott came into photographing architecture quite by accident whilst working for one of Australia’s largest architectural firms. He photographed one of the projects he had worked on and through his creativeness and understanding of the design process was able to create a set of images that captured the essence of the built work. As they say, the rest is history. He established Aperture Architectural Photography in 2000 after making a decision to leave the safety of a weekly pay check and was surprised by the attention his work immediately received from the architectural masses. However it was not until he got to photograph his first ever house for Monument magazine that his professional career took a huge leap. Scott created a set of images on 35mm colour transparency film and whilst the editor loved the shots they were not large enough for reproduction in this large magazine. He was told that he needed to start shooting on large format film in order to operate at this level. Armed with this knowledge Scott spent more months learning his trade all over again with a second hand Sinar and matching lenses, photographing the clothes line in the back yard until he consistently exposed shots and mastered the intricacies of perspective corrections with large format cameras and their movements. 3 years later he shouted himself to a brand new Linhof Technikarden and matching lenses. Even though he shoots all his work today on large format digital capture he still has this camera as a reminder of his humble beginnings. Scott’s work is a balance of creativeness and commercial realism. Architects need shots that evoke emotion about their work whilst maintaining the ability to educate the viewer. He has this ability to move in and out of various styles to accommodate client’s briefs ranging from those that desire strong perspective geometry to those chasing simpler and more quiet moments in their work. Scott works for a large range of clientele including architects, interiors designers, landscape architects, urban designers and various development / building firms. His work is regularly published in many national and international magazines and his pictures have won him several overseas architectural imagery awards. He travels throughout Australia on assignment and he has photographed projects for clients in China, Fiji, Japan, Malaysia and Singapore. He currently has studios in Brisbane and Melbourne, Australia is married to a talented architect.