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Artist Q and A: Photography with Joe Purches

We catch up with Joe Purches, who leads our photography residential course and Cyanotype workshops.

Art form: Traditional, alternative and digital photography

How did you get into photography?

I have been a photographer for as long as I can remember and as a graphic designer photography played a major part in my career.

I have always been an enthusiastic user of traditional film photography and in the last 10 years have been experimenting with original and alternative techniques such as Cyanotypes and Salt printing.

What achievements would you like to highlight?

My greatest achievement is being able to pass on my knowledge and skills to others and I gain great satisfaction in helping others start or become better in their photography.

Why do you enjoy photography so much, and why do you think makes this art form a great way to relax?

I enjoy the observation that photography forces you to undertake. Looking at what you are shooting to establish a successful composition. The challenge to get things right in the camera is highly satisfactory.

What is the biggest hurdle for beginners to start with photography and how can they overcome that?

Photography is a reasonably expensive pastime as equipment is high value. However it's an easy thing to overcome by realising that it's the human that takes the picture and perfectly good pictures can be created using second hand or lower value cameras.

Why do you love to teach?

Just seeing the sudden light that appears in a participant's eyes when they suddenly get it is priceless!

Has there been a time when someone at a workshop in the past has surprised you?

Yes. Many times.

Do you have a favourite quote around creativity and art?

“If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.” – Edward Hopper

What does creativity mean to you?


Why do you want to work with Radiate Arts?

I already work with Radiate Arts and I have found the workshops I have undertaken to be highly rewarding and I appreciate all the opportunities that they have given me.

If you'd like to find out more about Joe's work, click here.

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