02 May X-Thusiast Featured Photographer Allister Payne
Source: Fujifilm X Blog
Can you tell us a bit about yourself and where are you from?
I’m a Kiwi who has been living in Melbourne now for eight years. I’m a keen cyclist and spend a lot of time riding or racing. Photography gives me a creative outlet that adds to these experiences from cycling and hopefully makes me a little less one-dimensional, as I look to grow and shoot things without two wheels.
How did you develop an interest in photography using Fujifilm equipment?
I picked up my first Fujifilm camera, an X-T1 with XF35mmF1.4 lens, in Japan while there on holiday a few years ago. It was born out of frustration with the little point-and-shoot I had with me at the time. The X-T1 felt right in my hand and, more importantly, reinvigorated my enjoyment from photography I had lost some years earlier. Photography acts as a creative outlet when I want to step off the bike.
How would you describe your photography style and strategy?
I think I’m still finding a style I can call my own, to be honest. If you look at my Instagram it’s certainly not a case of every shot looking the same, and I’m OK with that. A lot of my shots are from road cycling races, as I don’t race a lot of that myself. I try to capture the effort of the riders, along with something of the environment these races or rides are part of. Outside of cycling I enjoy event photography where I can be more of a “fly on the wall.”
What inspires your photography?
I appreciate a pretty broad spectrum of photographic work from fine art, fashion and street right through to sports. A lot of my favourite images come from motocross, skate and surfing, and I’m striving to incorporate these elements into my work.
Where are your favourite places to take photos and do you prefer a certain type of light to photograph in?
I enjoy shooting throughout winter when the light is soft and moody, but a lot of road racing is during the height of summer so it’s a case of working with what I’ve got. With my recent 4×4 vehicle purchase, I’m looking to capture some more Australian scenery and adventure images in the coming year or so.
What is your favourite memory from a photography session?
I’m probably going through that at the moment preparing for my…
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