John Horne ARPS John Horne has enjoyed taking photographs since he was six years old. He has taken photography increasingly seriously since the mid-1980s, when he began to specialise in creating close-up images. This is an exacting branch of photography, in which precise focus and control of light and subject are absolutely vital. Developing these skills was extremely useful for his subsequent photographic interests. He gained his Associateship of the Royal Photographic Society in 1998 with a panel of pictorial images that was centred largely on macro-photography.

John's photography continues to be studio-based, enabling him to exercise complete control of both light and subject. Sometimes this means using very soft light to bring out the detail and delicacy found in nature, such as in floral subjects or still-lifes. At other times it permits the use of rather more dramatic light to reveal form and shape, such as for figure-studies. All of the images on these pages make minimal use of props; rather, they rely on the use of light and considered composition to create graceful and sensitive images.

The photographs John takes are gaining recognition on the exhibition circuit and more widely, and a growing number of his images are winning awards - see the Salons page for his latest successes.

Technique

For still-life photographs the camera is mounted on a tripod. This permits the selection of the most appropriate aperture, without the need to be concerned whether the shutter speed is fast enough to prevent camera shake spoiling the image. Figure studies require greater flexibility and freedom of movement, so a tripod is rarely used; rather, the brief duration of the studio flash ensures that camera shake is not an issue.