Biography

Timmy Johnston - Photographer and Owner of Ampersand

Growing out of my love for design elements during my early twenties, I picked up my very first film SLR camera back in 2003. After studying photographic principles at University of Newcastle, the original focus was on the love of landscape, particularly black and white photography. The philosophy has always been focused on bringing out the personality from the individual, holding a mirror up and reflecting that which comes naturally. The subject is always the focus, I like to get the subject involved.
Years passed and I found himself in the hustle and bustle of event photography within the party districts of Sydney. In 6 months I had attainted a well known status in this field, gaining the respect of fans, peers, and electronic artists. I discovered a performance aspect to photography, realising that when shooting events, it’s not enough to be good, you’ve got to be entertaining. As I accumulated work, 'I AM AMPERSAND' was born.
After a few years working solidly at events I made the move north to Newcastle, where I decided to focus on the finer arts of photography, delving head first into the fields of weddings, portraits, travel, and music. It is this learning curve that spawned the beginning of my teaching career, offering advice on photography and technology, these lessons documented with social media networks such as Instagram and Tumblr - stories told in the field, experiments with photographic principles and insights into the craft.
For the last 5 years I have worked harder than ever before, with an emphasis on producing quality over quantity, the kind of work that I would like to see reach greater heights. I provide a range of private tutoring courses for the new starter, and intend to use social media to continue to provide further insights and tips into this ever growing craft.
My philosophy in taking pictures remains the same as it did when I was first starting out. The subject is the focus, and I like to keep them in a natural environment, letting the personality shine through. I use a range of techniques to achieve the desired result, technology is used when it is useful, but there is no substitute for a keen eye, and a steady hand. I always welcome questions, feedback, or even constructive criticism. Feel free to contact me via the contact menu on the left for desktop, or the pop up menu at the top of the page for mobile devices.
Thank you, I hope you enjoy my work.
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