Joe Lenton – the photographer behind Original Art Photography
I’m Joe Lenton, the owner and photography tutor at Original Art Photography. At heart, I’m a very creative person but with a bit of geek mixed in too! The technical side of photography appeals to me, not just for the sake of it, but because it opens up more creative possibilities. Photography is most certainly an art form, so we each bring something of ourselves to the process of creating images. For me, that means a blend of the artist, the technician and the craftsman.
One of the things I enjoy most about my work is helping others to unleash their creativity and create images they can be proud of. No matter what level someone is at, seeing their joy at discovering something new or deepening their understanding is something that makes me happy. This has been true for people attending a beginners’ course for the first time and for the professional photographers that I have taught and mentored. Seeing one of my students win a prominent award for their wedding photography was a truly proud moment.
It is a privilege being involved in others’ creative journeys. I love helping people break out of a rut and move forward, whether that is in the actual photography or in image processing. If you are looking to improve your photography then I would love to hear from you. Perhaps I can help you win awards and gain distinctions too.
My own photography has attracted a variety of accolades. I have gained distinctions with 4 photographic societies. I am an Associate of the Society of Wedding & Portrait Photographers (ASWPP), an Associate of the Society of International Nature & Wildlife Photographers (ASINWP), an Associate of the Disabled Photographers’ Society (ADPS) and an Associate of the Society of International Commercial & Industrial Photographers. In 2016 a series of images I shot in Norwich won Fashion Editorial of the Year in Creative Portrait Magazine. Winning my first FIAP Ribbon in the Toronto Camera Club 2014 Photography Salon was another great milestone. Many of my images have won Gold & Highly Commended awards in international competitions and have been exhibited in various locations in the UK and abroad. Various images have also featured on the websites of the Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail as well as appearing in print in the Eastern Daily Press, the Eastern Evening News, the Times, Build It Magazine, Professional Imagemaker magazine, Great Yarmouth Mercury, Creative Portrait Magazine, Creative Talent Magazine, Tern (Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s magazine), Norfolk Voice (Norfolk Chamber of Commerce magazine), Iceni Magazine and various other publications.
My specialism is in creative photography on location. Location photography brings challenges that help to kindle the creative process to produce something new and exciting. It often involves balancing multiple light sources including daylight, flash and artificial ambient lighting. I like to take the techniques of studio photography and combine them with landscape or architectural features, for example, to produce high quality images. This isn’t the easiest kind of photography, but it is great fun!
Over the past few years, I have become a multiple international award-winning professional photographer. Awards have come in the fields of fine art, fashion, landscapes, avant garde and more. You can see some of my fine art award-winning images here. I am a full time photographer working as a photography tutor and mentor and as a creative commercial photographer. In my spare time I enjoy creating fine art landscape photographs, whilst also dipping in to other photographic styles. I always work hard to create images of the highest standard and with my own particular artistic twist.
Prints of my fine art work are often mistaken for paintings. In these images, photography can be seen to be truly an art form and not simply a means of recording what we see. Original Art Photography’s pictures are highly detailed with bold colours, creating a sense of idealised reality. My landscapes do far more than show you places, they bring you something of the experience of being there, the emotions and feelings of the artist and a world that you are invited to share.
I firmly believe that we all have a creative side and we can begin to unlock it by finding the right outlet and developing our skills and confidence. Art is a powerful form of self-expression and is something that I believe anyone can explore and gain satisfaction from. On our photography workshops, you can catch something of my passion and expertise to help you progress with your photography. It is my ambition to help you become a better photographer faster!
I look forward to helping you to free your imagination and curiosity, unleashing your inner artist. You too can learn how to control light and create exciting compositions. If you are getting stuck in a rut or are completely new to it all, explore this site for many free resources and get in touch to find out how I can help you. We can streamline your workflow, saving you time. Or, we can explore Photoshop techniques to make your images really shine. From initial shot to final print I can help you become the photographer you want to be.
If you would like to know more about the various awards, publications and testimonials I have received please visit why choose Original Art Photography training.
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Some of Joe’s Highlights from various projects throughout 2018: