Chockstone Photography's aim is to present
to the world images taken by Michael Boniwell, a local photographer based in Victoria,
I've always had a passion for photography,
both from a technical mindset and from an undying love of the outdoors in all its
beauty, adventure and sometimes challenge. Without a doubt this obsession stems
from my father, an accomplished photographer, who filled my childhood with countless hikes and the best memories of my life.
For me the joy of photography is all about
getting that 'one great shot'. Sometimes that can mean travelling long distances,
hiking, skiing, snow shoeing or even roped climbing over difficult terrain, long
periods of waiting for the right light, or returning to the same location again
and again. At other times it can mean nothing more than a chance encounter. A moment
in time, where I stumble, unknowingly upon a scene that captures my breath, and
causes me to rush for my camera with increasing excitement before the light or subject
moves on and the sight is lost forever.
Photography is about light. Yeah, okay,
it's also about having passion and patience, being in the right place at the right
time, having "an eye" for a pleasing composition or an imaginative perspective,
understanding your equipment, not being afraid to learn new techniques, and so on.
But when it comes right down to it, the crux of thing is "light". No light,
no photo after all. For me, one of the hardest, and also the most enjoyable aspects
is "chasing the light", that infinite kaleidoscope. Available natural
light has many forms. Soft, coloured, misty, shadowed, dappled, golden, sparkling,
reflective, moody, moonlight... it makes you look
at the world in a different way.
Rock Climbing is a sport (or recreation),
that has also occupied a vast quantity of my time over the last several years, and
the combination of it and photography has yielded many an intriguing challenge.
If you're interested in climbing, or in Victoria and looking for new areas, take
a look at my other site www.chockstone.org.
For those interested in technical aspects, I use the latest Canon professional camera bodies
with a variety of L series lenses for the sharpest image. The images are crystal
clear, require almost no processing and can be enlarged to enormous proportions
without noticeable loss of quality. Nothing is added or removed from the scene.
I hope my photos provide something of
the spirit and delight I saw in each scene. If you'd like to purchase a print, you
can do so entirely on-line. Simply select an image from any gallery and follow the
options shown for Framed, Unframed, Canvas etc. Thank-you for your support, it is
very much appreciated and allows me to continue travelling to the remote areas that