Brad Rimmer

Australia
BIOGRAPHY

Brad Rimmer (born 1962) is an Australian photographer who works on long term personal projects of portraiture ,landscape and social docmentation.  Working within the fine line between art photography and documentary photography his work is about the concepts: identity, belonging, memory and history. His focus is predominanly in the  Western Australian Wheat Belt where he grew up and in the past decade on China. His work has been shown in numerous international solo exhibitions, including the 2005 Perth International Arts Festival, the 2004, 2005 and 2008 Pingyao and the 2006 Lianzhou International Photo Festivals in China, the 2006 Brighton Photo Biennial in the United Kingdom, Kaunas Photo 08 in Lithuania, Photoforum PasquArt in Biel/Bienne, Switzerland. In 2009 he was awarded a Mid Career Fellowship from the Western Australian Department of Culture and the Arts in order to publish Silence: the West Australian Wheat-belt regarded by AGWA curator Robert Cook  as “ one of the most important bodies of images about Western Australia made to date”. His photographs are held in numerous National and Corporate collections inclueding the National Gallery of Australia , The Art Gallery of Western Australia, Wesfarmers Arts , Art Bank Sydney, St John of God Hospital Collection and Murdoch University.

COMMENT

I have had the opportunity to use the X100, X-Pro1 and now the incredible X-Pro2. I like the traditional feel of the cameras; they’re quick and uncomplicated to use producing beautiful files. 

From the beginning with the X100, Fujifilm have developed a range of cameras for photographers who love the act of making pictures. The traditional and intrinsic nature of the cameras, simple and pure yet deceptively powerful and technically advanced.  The X100 was the return to a classic operating camera that is digital but film like in appearance.  

The X-Pro1 had the advantage of interchangeable lenses, larger sensor and quick focusing.

The X-Pro2 is a serous digital range finder. At first I was using it as a second camera to my medium format digital but it didn’t take long before it was equal to and with is size and ability has many advantages over the larger camera.  It provides me with the flexibility and freedom that I haven’t experienced for a very long time in photography. That instinctive nature between photographer and the camera.

It’s invigorating to enjoy “making” a photograph again. 

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