Thorsten Jones @ whiteantstudios
I was born in 1964 in Heidelberg, FRG. During my school years I came first into contact with photography. This developed into a lifelong passion. Influenced by Henri Cartier Bresson, Robert Capa, Anselm Adams and others, I concentrated in my early years on portrait, landscape and photojournalistic work.
After arriving in Australia in 1991, I moved into the Nimbin area where I raised my children and became a volunteer fire fighter. During those years I was somewhat heavily involved with the organising of live music and art fusion events at the Lillifield Community Hall. I worked on the planning phase, stage set-up and lights, and documented the events with my camera. The artistic excellence of Gerry Mews (painter) who did the backdrops and stage settings, and Ramu (lighting) greatly helped influenced my work during this period. This is reflected in the stunning photos from that time.
During the last two years I have concentrated on landscapes, people and a growing documentation of local events, lifestyles and individuals. Shooting musicians on stage has become one of my favourite activities. This is also true for taking my camera to the fire ground.
My whiteantstudios series is the result of 20-year old colour slides being left in a wooden trunk for too long. Termites took up residence, and their excretions damaged the emulsion layers on the slides. These are some of the stunning survivors.
I take my photos with Nikon FM and Nikon FE2 35mm SLRs and with a Sony DSC-W1 digital compact camera. Film negatives or their prints are scanned into my computer and further processed in Adobe Photoshop 7.0.