JOHN HAILSTONE – Willows of Wallingford – a creative story
My creative process and an example of its use
in the creation of the exhibition “Willows of Wallingford” held in April 2018.
I am based in Oxfordshire and specialise in fine art, commissioned and event photography with a particular focus on nature and live music.
When I was ten, I was given a Kodak Instamatic and my chosen subjects were aircraft, particularly the larger ones, which I think is the origin of my fondness for wide angles. It wasn’t until ten years later when, equipped with a better camera, I began to photograph nature and the natural environment, primarily in black and white. I really enjoyed the whole process: from choice of film; noticing subjects (especially dead trees and debris according to my friends); having an image in mind; then exposing and developing the negative through to the lengthy process of making a fine print in the darkroom. This became the basis for my creative approach, which follows that of Ansel Adams in terms of observation, visualisation and realisation. Yet, as Ansel observed, first you need to have the desire to photograph.