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If you have never believed in magic, you may just change your mind when you see Phil Dyer’s photography. He has the ability to extract and distil light and colour from a scene to create a surreal image or a colourful composition. Many of his images are manipulated digitally as Dyer converts them into works of art. A hobby that he is passionate about, photography has been an important part of his life for over 25 years.
He is self-taught but has taken a variety of courses and workshops to improve his skills. In 2005 he embraced digital photography which allowed him to expand his creativity. “At that point I realized the enormous potential of programs such as Photoshop,” said Dyer. “They allow us, as photographers, the freedom to create artwork from what was previously a documented set of images.”
This has also led him to create slideshows with his images and to produce slideshows for other people using their photos. Urban and street photography along with floral images have long been Dyer’s favourite subjects. In September 2011, he and his wife, Renée took a safari trip to Tanzania. On that trip his interest in nature photography was renewed. Sleeping in tents on the Serengeti was one of the most thrilling and memorable experiences for the two of them. It is always exciting seeing a species of exotic animal in its natural habitat for the first time.
He has chosen a selection of images from his trip and presented them in black and white format.
It has been a satisfying transition to retirement from his career as a Certified General Accountant. He finds inspiration for his photography from books, magazines, and other artists and photographers such as Roy Henry Vickers and Josh Adamski. “It is a great way to capture moments in time,” explains Dyer. “I love to travel and record sights that are unfamiliar to me.” However he admits that “one does not always have to travel to the ends of the earth to capture something unique.” He enjoys experimenting at home with his camera. Using a macro lens, he captured water as it dropped from a syringe into a dish of water on the counter.
Dyer is a member of the Abbotsford Photo Arts Club as well as the Canadian Association for Photographic Art. He had his first gallery show in August 2012 and a second show is scheduled for February 2013 at the Kariton Art Gallery in Abbotsford B.C.
To see more of Phil Dyer’s work, connect on Facebook at www.facebook.com/#!/FiveCornersPhotography.
I would like to thank my friend Doreen Jung from abbotsfordtoday.ca for this introduction.
I would also like to thank my friend Ellie Schartner for my portrait shot.