My story so far...
After I completed my degree in Scientific photography, I started Mitchell Imaging & Photography as a freelance business providing a range of services including film scanning and restoration, printing, commercial and events photography, and wedding photography. I’m currently employed full time at the University of Melbourne in the department of Anatomy and Neuroscience as an Imaging Technician. This involves a vast range of image creation and photography relating to medical research and teaching applications and so, for the time being, Mitchell Imaging & Photography has become more a hobby business, a place to share the images taken in my free time.
I really enjoy the fact that some of my photographic work remains a hobby and I feel it provides two aspects to my work; the technical imaging / medical / archival / commercial aspect that keeps me busy at the University, and my hobby which keeps the passion burning. I love the process of photography just as much as I do the end result. The pursuit of a new photograph drives me to get out into new cities and cultures and out exploring nature and while a great photograph is a fantastic reward, it’s also just a bonus for me.
In recent years, photography has motivated and inspired me to travel and seek out new and exciting subject matter. I often hear it mentioned that photography distracts you from experiencing the world around you, that you should leave the camera gear at home because you end up spending your time looking through a viewfinder instead of appreciating the moment. I disagree. Although this may be true for some, I strongly believe that travelling with the desire to capture exciting new photographs makes me more acutely aware of my surroundings. It makes me appreciate and look for the little details that I may have otherwise missed without my ‘photography brain’ in gear.
For the most part the travel photography, and landscapes that I post on my website and online are just for me. But I do love to share it with anyone who is interested as well. I have been told that I really should sell prints but I worry that turning this part of my photography into a business could possibly take away from the hobby side, that other side of my photography that inspires me and keeps me sharp. That doesn’t mean you’re not welcome to send me a message and purchase a print, but I don’t see myself officially opening up a ‘store’... at least for the time being.