Adrian McGarry ARPS, iPhone Photographer and creative photo artist.
Born and raised in Manchester, UK, I now live in North Wales, enjoying coastal living and the endless photo opportunities that this wonderful region of natural beauty offers.
My creative career has spanned over forty-five years, giving me experience in just about every aspect and level of the publishing industry. Now retired from the day-to-day pressures of business commerce, I invest my time in exploring new techniques and the overwhelming amount of creative possibilities in today's digital space. I am passionate about sharing my knowledge and inspiring others to take the next steps on their image-making journey. Just as I’ve had the benefit of working alongside and learning from extremely talented individuals; from my early mentors to gifted collaborators on design and photography projects, I offer a programme of lectures, demonstrations and workshops that are always in demand.
My early work was centred around the creation of graphic design for brochures, catalogues and retail promotions. I gained valuable experience in marketing, print production, design and photography. Through my own company, I worked on projects for retailers, property developers, manufacturers, recruiters, galleries and business-to-business services. Although I had previously held senior management positions, running my own business gave me the opportunity to be hands-on in creative work for my clients. This gave me invaluable experience in a wide range of software and creative techniques whilst placing me behind a camera lens with increasing regularity.
Inevitably, I've witnessed many changes in technology throughout my career and I’ve constantly adapted workflow and practices to keep apace with change. My introduction to the world of desktop publishing was way back in 1989. The company that I worked for embarked on a new digital workflow and Apple Mac computers were to be at its heart. Almost overnight, I found myself immersed in the digital revolution that was to forever change the creative and publishing trades whilst dominating my career path.
Those early days were spent learning and experimenting in software packages such as Aldus PageMaker, QuarkXPress and Adobe Photoshop. Personally, I began to experiment with photo art and develop my digital creative skills. A revolutionary product called Painter by Fractal Design (which later became Corel Painter) ignited my artistic endeavours. Although initially limited by processor speed and storage media (who remembers floppy disks?) there were no bounds to the inspiration and artistry promised by new digital possibilities. I realised that I had entered a world that held immense potential when it came to combining my photographic and artistic interests in a way that I had previously not thought possible.
Fast forward to March 2013 when the Royal Photographic Society awarded me an ARPS distinction; acknowledging my images of high creative, technical competence, and personal style. This distinction stands as one of my proudest career achievements. Additionally in 2017, I was given the status of 'Feature Artist' by Corel Painter®, the very software that originally energised my creativity more than twenty-five years earlier, as recognition of the work that I produce in this amazing digital paint software package. These two noteworthy career milestones are fitting affirmation of a successful creative journey in digital photo art.
PIXEL PAINTED ART
I have taken photos most of my life and I have created digital art for over twenty-five years. The endless digital photo art opportunities, made possible with the latest software advancements, provide me with unique capabilities to combine my artistic imagination with photographic sources.
Using image cloning techniques, I am able to replicate colour pixels from my original photo, simultaneously painting with digital brushes that mimic traditional media. Experimenting and learning new techniques with apps available on the iOS platform, has increased my options for creating images that have increased depth, enhanced atmosphere and an almost surreal quality to them.
The possibilities to further express myself beyond the capture of a photo is apparent in a large amount of my work that I term as ‘Pixel Painted Art’.
The camera in your pocket has rapidly come of age. Smartphones have evolved into serious image capture devices; re-shaping how we create, share and employ photography. For me, Apple iPhone has changed the way I approach photography. It has been extremely liberating to leave bulky equipment to one side and embrace the world of smartphone photography. Since 2014 the iPhone has been my preferred image capture device.
When I first started shooting with an iPhone back in 2012, I felt that I had to work hard to overcome some of the early limitations of the camera. Today, I don’t believe that there is anything that gets in the way of capturing excellent images on an iPhone. The photographer’s craft has always been more important than the technology used and to this end, a good smartphone photograph is a good photograph. I use my film and DSLR experience as a benchmark to push my iPhone photography towards the superior quality associated with those devices.
Combined with the portability of a digital darkroom that is with me at all times, I can create, test, edit and share from within the very scene that I am capturing. The Apple ecosystem is robust and dependable, I can take a shot and know that it is safely stored in the cloud making it instantly available across all my devices.
I present inspirational lectures and workshops to camera clubs, photographic societies, exhibitions, trade shows and corporate events. Lasting between 1 to 3 hours, my presentations constantly evolve to include new methods, demonstrations, tips and techniques.
Low on jargon, high on content, my workshops are designed for participants to get the most from their device, in a relaxed and informal way.
I believe that my enthusiasm and love for creative photography is one of the reasons why my events are so well received and always in demand.
I am an independent photographer and I have not been authorised, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Apple Inc.