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Eye Candy Artist Interviews



Nigel Dawson, Featured Artist November 2016

Shawna Caro

Nigel Dawson is a technical officer at Southern Cross GeoScience in the beautiful Northern Rivers region of New South Wales Australia. He is a life-long learner, enthusiastic photographer, and avid cook. He can be reached at

TL: How did you become interested in photography?

ND: My interest in photography emerged over several years. I had always enjoyed taking snapshots without really knowing what I was doing. As cellphones with good cameras became widely available I started taking more photos. Over time friends and family began to comment on my photos and a couple of years ago I purchased my first DSLR. That is when I really discovered a passion for photography. 

TL: What kind of camera do you use for your photos? Any other equipment that you use?

ND: For my digital images I use a Canon 1200D (Rebel T5) with a variety of old and new lenses. For film photography, I use an old East German Praktica 35mm, a really weird Japanese twin-lens reflex Nikkoflex camera, a Holga 120 panoramic pinhole camera, and I am just learning how to use a Cambo 4"x 5"large format view camera. 

TL:  I noticed that the majority of your photos are nature-oriented. Do you prefer taking nature photos or do you have other subjects as well?

ND: As an introvert, I would much prefer to be in nature than around people, it seems my photography reflects that. Having said that, I would like to try my hand at street photography soon.  

TL: What are some of your favorite things to photograph? 

ND: My favorite subjects at the moment are tiny flowers. Hidden away in plain view and thought of as a nuisance by many, the beauty in these blossoms go largely unnoticed. In addition to looking at the overlooked, the technical problems that need to be overcome to get a really good macro photograph present a fun challenge.

TL: Has your photography been displayed at any other venues (online or in person)?

ND: No, not yet. That is an avenue that I want to explore once I have learned more and developed a style of my own.

TL: What photos do you consider to be your best and why?

ND: My favorite photograph is one that I took several years ago while wandering around Emporia, KS. It is a close-up image of the cracked memorial bell that resides outside the public library. The image is a simple composition, a tightly framed close-up of the bell with the crack vertically dissecting the frame. But somehow it speaks to me.  

TL: Any future plans involving your photography in the works?

ND: I plan to make a series of monochrome landscape images of Lismore and surroundings using my large format camera once the weather becomes a little less hostile. I would also like to try my hand at a little street photography and capture the characters that congregate in Nimbim, NSW during the annual Mardi Grass cannabis "protestival."