Discussing Creativity With Landscape Photographer and Educator Sean Bagshaw

Creativity has always been on the tip of everybody's tongue. What it is, where to find it, and how to get yours. This week in my Vision & Light videocast I speak with a great friend of mine, the exceptionally talented landscape photographer and educator Sean Bagshaw.

Sean and I got to know each other back in 2010 when we were both using the Tony Kuyper Luminosity Masks Panel to overcome the limitations of dynamic range in our DSLR sensors. Back then it was all about finding ways to use the tools we had to make images that more accurately showed how the world looked, rather than having limited dynamic range. It was a quest for control.

Much has changed since then, yet even with the massive advancements of technology and software, we still find ourselves asking some deep philosophical questions regarding our creativity and a desire to be unique. Have the tools helped, or are we still back in the dark ages as far as creativity is concerned? 

This is quite a long interview, at nearly 50 minutes, but I'd encourage you to stick with it, as we believe in the second half we really get warmed up and discuss some really relevant topics as the interview continues. 

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David Pavlich's picture

This is interesting. I took a look at Sean's webpage. He has some terrific work posted there. However, many of the images could have been processed by Serge Ramelli. Very similar styles in some of the images. Of course, part of what he does is sell prints. From my experience, he has found that the buying public, those looking for something nice to hang in their homes and/or offices, like the bold style prints. My best selling prints are wildlife, however, coming in second are Sunsets and tone mapped stuff that are anything but conservative in the processing department. Just shows how diverse we photographers are.

Alister Benn's picture

Thanks David - Sean and I are old friends and as we demonstrated in the discussion, couldn't be more different in our approach to the landscape. We both absolutely share a love for being out there, and we experience it 100%. Where we differ is what we see and what we choose to say. I agree, we are a diverse bunch and I love that. Nothing terrifies me more than homogeny and flocking to the same spot. It's a big world out there, one where we can find meaning to this life. Thanks again.I hope you also enjoy the other article I posted yesterday.https://fstoppers.com/education/probably-three-most-important-things-you...

David Pavlich's picture

Yep! It would be a bland, boring world if we all had a herd mentality. One of my favorite landscape fine artists is a young lady from Scotland. Her processing is even beyond Serge's or Sean's. But her stuff is gorgeous and, she has been published, so she's doing something right. She has been given a lot of negative comments because she takes artistic license in her work. Each of us sees things with a different perspective. That is true and for sure!!

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