Tony Bridge is a digital artist, professional photographer, photo educator, published author and one of New Zealand's leading landscape photographers. He is a graduate of Canterbury University, New Zealand, and a fellow of the New Zealand Photographic Society. He has variously been a teacher, curriculum developer for the New Zealand government and software tester. He divides his time between writing, publishing, exhibiting, commissions and workshops in New Zealand, South Africa and the North American continent.
Tony's work draws heavily upon his Maori and European heritage and his on-going studies into a broad range of spiritual and mystical traditions. He also draws heavily upon a degree in foreign languages and literature.
It seems to me, he writes, that the digital process is limited only by our imagination, our knowledge of self, and our willingness to give it free rein. For me, capture is only the beginning. It is in postproduction that I can truly recognise my vision in a form which others can share. The Tools now available enable me to move between the documentary tradition of photography and the expressive potential of mark-making with a camera and computer. I am able to make work that lives in a space between photography and painting and, in doing so, mile-mark my own journey.
The X-Pro1 is a camera I have been waiting for a very long time, one which enables me to make photographs in the purest traditions of the medium, but which makes the most of modern digital technology and which delivers professional-level quality to match a full-frame DSLR.
The X-Pro1 delivers in spades.
I have wanted a camera which offers me a variety of viewfinder options, with a bright-line system when I am working in the street to a fully customisable EVF and also a live view. Thus I can adapt my seeing to the work I want to make. In photography the viewfinder is everything and this camera has everything.
And it is perfect for all types of photography.