Richard White

Richard White is one of Australia’s best known landscape photographers. He is a Master of Photography with the Australian Institute of Professional Photography and in 2010 he was given its highest honour, a Fellow of the AIPP for his services to photography over many years.

 Richard is the author of 3 books, The High Country of Australia, covering more than 30 years of photographing this extremely beautiful and diverse region.

 Places I’ve Been – A Journey Through Photography, showcasing 50 images and stories from his travels locally and overseas and The Art of Photography, a collection of photographic articles written over the last 10 years illustrated by more than 60 images. 

 Richard is also a frequent exhibitor of Landscape photography, writes regular articles for photographic magazines, a convention speaker, and holds workshops throughout the year under the Art of Photography Workshops Program.

Artist statement

“Unfortunately photography has become too common. For many it is difficult to take it seriously and to even consider that it could be used for artistic expression. It is the viewer who must make this decision. Do they see what the photographer is trying to convey through their images?

I feel I am compelled to photograph. Always looking for the beauty before me. Trying to make images from my heart with technical information from my head. It’s a visual communication that with luck will elicit an emotional response from the viewer”. – Richard White, 2019


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Two Snow Gums, The Bluff, Victoria

The image was taken using a pseudo infrared film that I had been given to try out. I had only been allocated two rolls. Hardly enough for a thorough test. It was 120 roll film which gave me 10 shots with the camera I was using. On one of my trips to the High Country I was camped at The Bluff where there is an abundance of my favourite trees, The Snow Gums. I thought that I would give the film a try on the image you see.

Tree & Field, near Dimboola, Victoria

In 2018 I was in-between two workshops I was conducting in Western Victoria and was scouting the area I was staying and came across this lonely tree surrounded by what I believed to be a wheat field. The row of lines leading to the tree was what attracted me for this composition. The soft light and interesting sky was such a bonus rather than blue skies that this area is known for.

Tree Fern, Yarra Ranges, Victoria

After an unsuccessful photo trip to the outskirts of Melbourne, I decided to head home as the weather had turned to rather annoying drizzle. At the summit of the Black Spur a track led off into the unknown. For whatever reason that I have never understood, as I was tired and hungry, I turned down it and carried on for maybe one or two kilometres. Saw nothing so turned around to get on with getting home. At the beginning of the track this scene presented itself. I just had to make a picture.

Tea House, near Dhampus, Nepal

Whilst leading a group on a photographic trek of the Annapurna Sanctuary, we were just about to descend towards Pokara when we came across this scene. Whilst the group rested up I set up my camera and then moved everyone out of the way. It’s one of my favourites pictures that adorns the wall of my studio.

Jetty, Croajingalong National Park, Victoria

In far eastern Victoria I was scouting locations for pictures when I cam across this scene on a rather dismal day. The contrasting jetty with the rest of the scene made me see the possibility of a strong picture. It also shows the limitation of man in some ways. building, reaching out, yet nature is always there ready to take back what has been taken from her. But as a photograph it has strong contrast that I always look for when photographing in black and white.

Chestnuts and Snow, Barwite

Up the road from my place whenever it snows I always go for a look see for there as a rule is something always on offer. This particular day was no different. I saw the trees on someones property and made the image. The white-out behind the trees was a bonus as there were no distracting hills or other trees to detract from the subject matter. A couple of years later one tree had been removed, a lovely wire fence had been constructed just in front of the other tree and a nice new gravel driveway had been laid next to the fence.


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