World-renowned professional photographer and Tamron Image Master Ian Plant is a frequent contributor to a number of leading photo magazines including Outdoor Photographer, a Popular Photography, and Landscape Photography Magazine. Ian is also the author of numerous books and instructional videos. Ian leads photography workshops and tours around the world to help beginner and advanced photographers explore and expand their personal vision.
His personal photographic project, Dreamscapes, moves beyond the literal and transforms subjects into something unexpected, bridging the line between the real and surreal. Ian relies on long exposures, unique lighting conditions, non-traditional perspectives, and special natural events to show his subjects in a new light. Ian travels the world, seeking out the hidden spaces in between the familiar, in his never-ending quest to inspire, entertain, and educate others in the art of photography.
Artist's Statement: There is a growing trend among photographers (especially landscape photographers) to engage in extensive image manipulation in Photoshop, turning rather ordinary photographs into something "magical" using computer wizardry (such as replacing skies, extensive color toning to simulate remarkable lighting conditions where none existed, adding rainbows, etc.), too often made without any disclosure to the public. I do not belong to this trend. I consider myself a photographer, not a graphic artist, and as such I rely on field technique (and a lot of patience) to capture real stunning natural events. Call me quaint, but I believe the magic is found out there, not sitting in front of a computer!
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