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by Andrew Paranavitana
Melbourne AU

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The Artwork

On a freezing 1 degree day, we visited Mt St Leonard, near Healesville in Victoria; Australia. A thick fog rolled in as we arrived.. and then the sun shone through.. the atmosphere was amazing.

The Artist

Why do you create? Creating photographic images is an innate and unexplainable need that has lived within me for decades now. I live for the ability to capture scenes and locations from all around the world.
How do you work? Firstly, I travel to anywhere on the globe that I can reach. I capture endlessly (the idea of the perfect holiday) what I see while away and then look forward to coming home to edit and process the images that I have collected.
Has your creative process changed over time, if so, how? It's a constantly evolving process that sometimes brings in new techniques and leaves older ones behind. At times, past meets present in one of those perfect little moments where everything just works!
Do you consider yourself a full-time or part-time artist? I'd say a full time photographer and part time artist :)
Besides creating, where else do you spend your time? Travelling!
What inspires you? The world around me, sunshine and the textures that are created with it. My editing processes are influenced and inspired by film, music video and music itself. What I see and hear often translates across to how my final images appear.
What is the first piece of art you remember creating? If we're talking childhood, I remember drawing a lot despite never considering myself very good at the art form. I could have been seven or eight years old, creating hyper-colourful drawings of animals, houses and gardens.
What does the term art mean to you? A way to express myself when words don't quite convey what I want to say. It's a translation of emotions and experiences, memories and inner thoughts into tangible and visible pieces. It's unique to each person in creating and interpreting meaning within a piece.
Name three artists that you respect? Antoni Gaudi - the man had an imagination and vision that was not of this world but somehow fit perfectly into it.
Andreas Gursky - His ability to see the extraordinary in pattern and repetition and then convey that on such a grand scale is awe inspiring.
Claude Monet - His works have directly inspired and influenced some of own.
What is your favourite piece of artwork? Much like my creative process, that's an ever changing and evolving cycle. It changes day to day, medium to medium and style to style. At the moment
What is your dream project? To travel the world for a few years, capturing and documenting parts, and recreating others in artistic visions.
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